Lewisham Council recognised for tackling gender violence

CEO of White Ribbon UK, David Bartlett. Pic: White Ribbon UK.

A project in Lewisham earned the council White Ribbon status on Wednesday (March 8) for its work tackling violence against women.

White Ribbon Campaign UK is an organisation committed to ending gender-based violence.

David Bartlett, CEO of White Ribbon UK, told Eastlondonlines: “Lewisham Council has taken a hugely important step towards transforming the lives of women and girls in South-East London. With its White Ribbon status, the council is demonstrating to everyone in the area that they will not tolerate gender-based violence.

“White Ribbon UK is working to end violence against women and girls by engaging with men and boys, enabling them to become part of the solution. By becoming accredited, the council is supporting us as we stand together with men and boys to put a stop to this injustice.”

He continued: “White Ribbon is working to promote positive masculinities and change negative gender stereotypes by lobbying government and advising on national policy and research, as well as encouraging men from all walks of life to wear a white ribbon and challenge injustice, sexism and violent behaviours.

“But without communities and people on the ground taking a stand, we would not be able to change things. We’re delighted with Lewisham Council’s decision, and we welcome applications from all other councils across East London – in fact, we simply cannot do this essential work without you.”

Six male staff members from the council volunteered to become White Ribbon Ambassadors to ensure it upholds the cause.

Bartlett describes White Ribbon Ambassadors as: “Positive male role models who use their influence in their workplaces and communities to challenge and change the gender inequalities that underpin male violence.”

Councillor Janet Daby, cabinet member for Community Safety, said: “We are delighted to be awarded White Ribbon status. This accreditation on International Women’s Day reflects our commitment to treat everyone equally, respect difference, and foster healthy and open relationships.”

Chris Green OBE founded the White Ribbon Campaign in 2005.

For more information on the campaign go to www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk

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