Oswestry Town Council is a ‘White Ribbon’ accredited organisation.  White Ribbon is a global initiative whose mission is to prevent violence against women and girls by addressing its root causes. It aims to end violence before it starts by changing long established, and harmful, attitudes, systems and behaviours around masculinity that perpetuate gender inequality and men’s violence against women.

This year, White Ribbon Day takes place on the 25th of November and calls on all men to take action to make a difference.

Oswestry Town Council is demonstrating its’ support of White Ribbon Day by asking people to make the ‘White Ribbon Promise’ on a market stall (10am to 2pm). Councillors will be in attendance to support the event.

There will also be a display in Guildhall reception from Monday 21st November until Wednesday 30th November with plenty of ribbons and small leaflets, if members of the public would like more information.

Oswestry Town Mayor, Councillor Jay Moore, said “The Council is pleased to have White Ribbon Accreditation. It supports White Ribbon Day and wants to get the message out that male violence against women must end. All men can make a difference by thinking of their own behaviour and being prepared to call out sexist and harassing behaviour when they see it.”

Chief Executive of White Ribbon UK said, “We are really pleased that Oswestry Town Council is supporting our campaign. To wear a white ribbon is to pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.”

The campaign coincides with the Men’s World Cup as major sporting events often see a rise in domestic abuse incidents. Sport can be a place where men can be their best selves – where they can learn to nurture traits that are taken into all parts of their lives. Throughout the Men’s World Cup, White Ribbon UK is encouraging all men to nurture 11 traits, one for every member of a football team. These traits are caring, empathetic, reflective, gentle, courageous, resilient, reliable, hopeful, principled, supportive and ally.

There has never been a better time for us to come together and start playing as a team to end violence against women and girls – that’s #TheGoal.

People are invited to wear a White Ribbon and make the White Ribbon Promise.

For more information visit the website https://www.whiteribbon.org.uk/promise

Follow White Ribbon UK on twitter: @WhiteRibbon_UK. #whiteribbonday