Eliminating violence against women and children is the aim of ‘16 days of action’, an international campaign which had a local launch in East Ayrshire this week.
East Ayrshire Council employees, along with organisations from the East Ayrshire Violence Against Women Partnership, demonstrated their support at the campaign launch and pledged to support an end to violence against women.
Secondary schools and Ayrshire College are among the Violence Against Women partners who will be holding many events and activities over the next two weeks to promote this important message. The campaign will also be using social media to encourage council employees to make their pledges and a balloon release at Kilmarnock FC will mark the end of 16 days of action.
Councillor Tom Cook, Spokesperson for Improving Community Safety and Equalities and White Ribbon Champion, said: “My thanks go to everyone who came along to support the launch of 16 days of action and to those who have taken the White Ribbon Pledge to never commit, condone or stay silent about violence against women.
“While this campaign focused specifically on male violence against women, it is recognised that men can also be subjected to many of these issues, as can people in same sex relationships. However, in the vast majority of cases, these acts are carried out by men against women.
“Most men are not violent however, and by educating them and campaigning we can work towards a society where no men are violent and no woman has to experience domestic, sexual, emotional or physical abuse. I would encourage everyone, but especially men, to sign up to the White Ribbon Pledge at www.whiteribbonscotland.org.uk. ”
East Ayrshire is an affiliated White Ribbon Local Authority Area and the 16 days of action was promoted under the White Ribbon Scotland Campaign.
For further information, visit: www.eac.eu/vaw