International White Ribbon campaign launch

Friday November 25th 2022


Depute Provost McManus, on left, is pictured in the cherry picker with Ian Sandilands of the council's roads team before the flag was put up outside Midlothian House.

Written by Midlothian View Editor, Phil Bowen

To mark the start of 16 Days of Activism today, an annual international campaign against gender-based violence, Depute Provost Connor McManus officially raised the White Ribbon flag outside the council’s headquarters, Midlothian House.

Cllr McManus is the council’s White Ribbon campaign champion, a Scotland-wide initiative to encourage men to end violence against women.

Cllr McManus, who is also the council’s Equalities Champion, said:

“It’s an honour to see the flag flying outside Midlothian House today on the start of 16 Days of Activism, a symbolic reminder to never commit, condone or remain silent about men’s violence against women.”

Cllr McManus is encouraging men in Midlothian to take the White Ribbon Pledge:

“I pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about men’s violence against women.”

To sign the White Ribbon Scotland pledge CLICK HERE.

He is also working with Police Scotland in Midlothian, White Ribbon Scotland and other local organisations to set up a local White Ribbon steering group.

Cllr McManus said: “I’m passionate about acting sooner rather than later, especially given Police attended around 1000 reported incidents of domestic abuse in Midlothian last year.

“While most men in Scotland are not violent towards women, we can’t afford to turn a blind eye.

“The sooner we can establish a steering group, with representatives from relevant partner organisations including Police Scotland, the sooner we can work together to tackle this abhorrent issue.”

Find out more about 16 Days of Activism in Midlothian by CLICKING HERE.

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