Cardiff backs White Ribbon Day: November 25th 2018

A series of events will take place across the Welsh Capital in support of White Ribbon Day which takes place on November 25th, markingthe United Nations International Day for the elimination of violence against women and girls.

Candlelit vigils, marches, information stands, a fashion show and special all-faith services are among the events which take place from November through to December 10th, which marks United Nations Human Rights Day. Other activity includes the flowerbed outside Cardiff Castle being planted with white blooms to depict the White Ribbon and workshops being carried out with a number of Cardiff and Vale Scout groups.

Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Susan Elsmore said: "Cardiff aims to raise awareness of violence against women but also importantly challenge attitudes and engage men in discussing these issues.

"The city has a longstanding successful track record in responding to domestic abuse and in our fifth year of supporting White Ribbon we continue to promote this campaign, encouraging people to wear a white ribbon and make a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women in any form."

"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 and we are committed to achieving the actions within it. Together, we have real opportunity to make Cardiff a safe place for everyone."

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

The award was presented by Chris Green OBE, founder of White Ribbon UK and demonstrated the significant work undertaken by staff and partner agencies to eradicate Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence across the region.

Last month the city hosted the fifth‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes'event which saw over 100 men walk a mile in women's shoes to show their support for the White Ribbon Campaign. A  well attended White Ribbon  Ambassador event that focused developing the music and sports elements of the White Ribbon Action Plan followed on from the event

Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport and Cardiff Council's White Ribbon Ambassador, Cllr Caro Wild said: "The White Ribbon campaign is the world's largest male led movement to end men's violence against women which sees supporters wearing white ribbons.

"My role as a White Ribbon ambassador, is to encourage men to discuss and challenge the culture that allows such high incidents of violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence against women. Last month I was joined by over 100 men to ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes'demonstrating their support. We want more men to pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. Please join us in celebrating White Ribbon day and the 12 days of action that follow."

Every year in the UK more than one million women suffer domestic abuse and more than 360,000 are sexually assaulted. Although abuse against women is disproportionately higher, anyone can be affected by violence and abuse.

Domestic violence statistics show that 70% of incidents result in injury and that on average, two women in England and Wales are killed by a partner every week.

If you would like to find out more about the White Ribbon Campaign please

Join the conversation #whiteribboncardiffvale

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence against women, domestic abuse or sexual violence you can seek help and support from the Live Fear Free helpline: 0808 80 10 800 (24hr free confidential helpline)
 Public Events unless otherwise stated


Ongoing work with Cardiff & Vale Scout groups


12th Information Stand, University Hospital Llandough 9:30-4pm

13th Information Stand, University Hospital Wales 9:30-4pm

20th White Ribbon Flower bed planting – Cardiff Castle

20th Joyce Watson AM and National Federation of Women’s Institutes Wales - Cross Party Event midday at the Senydd (by invitation only)

20th ‘Not in My Name’, Senedd, Cardiff Bay Candlelight Vigil - National Federation of Women’s Institutes Wales, Cardiff Bay 6:30pm

20th Information Stand, University Hospital Wales 9:30-4pm

22nd Information Stand, Velindre Cancer Trust 9-12 noon

22nd Information Stand, Welsh Blood Service, Llantrisant 1-4pm

23rd University Hospital Llandough 9:30-4pm

24th Fashion Show – Cardiff North Elim Church 7pm start raising awareness of White Ribbon UK and raising funds for Open Pantry.

25th White Ribbon Day Service - Radyr Methodist Church, 10:30am

28th Light a Candle Event, walk - 10.30am from Llamau’s offices, Cathedral Road followed by a multi-faith service at Llandaff Cathedral

Ongoing work with Cardiff & Vale Scout groups 


Christmas Trees display - Bethany Baptist Church, Rhiwbina

For more information about the events listed above please contact Nicola Jones, Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator