Cardiff awarded White Ribbon status as City commits to end violence against women

Cardiff Council in partnership with the Vale of Glamorgan has this week received the Regional White Ribbon Award for its commitment to end violence against women.

The presentation by Chris Green OBE, founder of White Ribbon UK, took place at thefirst Cardiff and Vale Regional White Ribbon Ambassador Eventand demonstrates the significant work undertaken by staff and partner agencies to eradicateViolence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violenceacross the region.

The award was achieved based on the strength of our Regional White Ribbon Action plan that was developed collaboratively with White Ribbon Ambassadors from across the Region.

Cardiff Council's Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health and Wellbeing Cllr Elsmore "In accepting this award we publically demonstrate our commitment to ending male violence against women and girls, behaviour that has no place in our city.

"Men and boys play an instrumental role in challenging the attitudes and stereotypes that enable violence against women and girls, and violence generally, to flourish. We have an ambitious White Ribbon Plan, but we are committed to achieving the actions within it. Together, we have real opportunity to make Cardiff a safe place for everyone."

Cardiff Council's White Ribbon Ambassador, Cllr Caro Wild said: "Achieving this award demonstrates our commitment, not only as a local authority, but as a city, to make it clear that domestic abuse and all other forms of violence against women and girls will not be tolerated. As a Council we encourage men to speak out against male violence towards women and girls and challenge negative gender stereotypes underpinning abuse.

"There are a series of events planned in the lead up to White Ribbon Day on November 25thand I encourage people from all walks of life to get involved and be counted."

As part of the White Ribbon Campaign, the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes will take place on Friday 28thSeptember. Last year thepartnership project between the Council, Cadwyn Housing Association and the Vale of Glamorgan Council saw record numbers of men turn out to walk a mile from Cardiff Castle through the city centre wearing women's shoes. The event aims to raise awareness of White Ribbon and encourage conversation. To register your interest in this year's event please go

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