Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Launch of New VAW Government Strategy

On November 24, the White Ribbon Campaign attended the launch of the "Together We Can End Violence Against Women and Girls" strategy, prepared by the Home Office. Two paragraphs of particular interest to the White Ribbon Campaign are:
10. One under-exploited area of public education is in encouraging men to challenge other men. There is considerable room here for forming coalitions between the many men who eschew violence, but who currently fail to challenge their peers who do not.

11. Much of this work in the UK is currently undertaken by the White Ribbon Campaign, a branch of a global campaign to ensure that men take more responsibility for reducing the level of VAWG. It is an organisation that encourages men to carry out educational work in schools, workplaces and communities. We will work with the White Ribbon Campaign to promote the positive role that all men can play in ending VAWG and build this into our national communication strategy.
Home Secretary Alan Johnson MP attended the launch and also stopped by the Labour Office yesterday to have his photo taken wearing a white ribbon. Below is a photo of Alan Johnson MP and White Ribbon Director Chris Green.

We look forward to working with the Home Office to help implement this new strategy.

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