|City leaders have made a pledge to end male violence against women, and residents are encouraged to do the same on White Ribbon Day (Saturday 25 November).
Marked annually around the world, White Ribbon Day is a global initiative to end male violence against women and calls on men to take action to make a difference.
The day marks an opportunity to raise awareness, speak out and say “no” to violence against women. People can get involved in the White Ribbon campaign by wearing a white ribbon, and signing a promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.
Earlier in the year the whole council committed to working to end men’s violence against women by becoming White Ribbon Accredited. As an Accredited organisation, the council will develop and deliver a comprehensive action plan to change the cultures that lead to abuse and violence and promote gender equality.
Cllr Steve Pitt Leader of the council said:
Natalie Brahma-Pearl, Chief Executive of Portsmouth City Council said:
Various leaders and community members from across Portsmouth have signed the White Ribbon Promise and wear the White Ribbon to show their commitment to the campaign, including Commodore John Voyce OBE ADC – Naval Base Commander, and Chief Inspector Andy McDonald. It is expected that many more will join over the coming days.
Portsmouth residents can show their support by wearing a White Ribbon and making the Promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women. Men are specifically encouraged to make the Promise but anyone aged 14+ can do so.
You can make the Promise here: www.whiteribbon.org.uk/promise
In an emergency always call 999. To report an incident, call the Police on 101 or visit www.hampshire.police.uk.