White Ribbon UK
White Ribbon UK is part of the global White Ribbon movement to end men’s violence against women*.
They are the leading charity that is ending men’s violence against women by engaging with men and boys to make a stand against violence. Their mission is for all men to fulfil the White Ribbon Promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women. They act as a catalyst, encouraging people, and especially men and boys, to individually and collectively take action and change behaviour.
They work towards wholesale culture change to prevent violence before it starts. Because most violence against women is committed by men it is important that all men realise that they can take responsibility for thinking about their own actions, promote equality and respect, and are prepared to call out harassing, sexist and violent behaviour when they see it in others.
They don’t do this on their own. Their voice is strengthened by working together with many women and men, supporters, organisations, ambassadors, champions and policy makers, to raise awareness, educate and campaign to bring about change. These partners are working with them right across England and Wales engaging with many thousands of people to change the cultures that lead to violence against women and girls. Together we can prevent violence happening in the first place.
White Ribbon UK responds to the new national communications campaign, – ‘Enough’ – that launched on 1 March 2022.
White Ribbon UK was one of the voluntary sector organisations that contributed to the development of the new national communications campaign – ‘Enough’ – launched by the Home Secretary on 1 March 2022– to raise awareness of the different forms of violence against women and girls and the simple acts that anyone can take to challenge perpetrators of abuse. Forms of violence against women and girls represented include street harassment, coercive control, unwanted touching, workplace harassment, revenge porn and cyber-flashing.
Speaking as the campaign launched, Anthea Sully Chief Executive said, ‘White Ribbon UK fully supports this important campaign and is pleased to have contributed to its development. White Ribbon UK works to end violence against women and girls by engaging with men to consider their own behaviour and positively influence that of others.’ She continued, ‘We specifically call on men to take on board the message of the campaign that ‘enough is enough’. All men can bring an end to violence against women by being aware and taking steps to call out abusive and harassing behaviour when they see it.’ She did state a word of caution, ‘ campaigns such as this are an essential tool in raising awareness, however, they need to be backed up with funding for preventative work, especially in schools, so that there can be lasting culture change.’