In the lead up to White Ribbon Day (25 November), the Council is giving away packs of free campaign materials, which participating venues can claim on a first come first served basis.
The White Ribbon campaign aims to end violence towards women by challenging male cultures and encouraging men to ‘make the promise’. The promise is a vow never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence towards women.
To reach male audiences, the Council, a White Ribbon accredited organisation*, is offering up free materials as a way of enticing local businesses, sports clubs and licensed venues to get involved with the campaign.
Councillor Colin Kemp, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said: “The White Ribbon campaign is about men standing together to end male violence towards women. It’s about not being afraid to call out sexist or abusive behaviour among our peers and helping to promote a culture of equality and respect.
“The more people come into contact with the campaign, the more likely they are to make the promise. We need venues and businesses across the borough to help us give the campaign sufficient exposure, which is why we’re giving away the free packs.”
"I would like to thank live music venue, The Fiery Bird, for supporting White Ribbon Day and the associated 16 days of action."
Fiery Bird Chief Executive, Elaine McGinty, said: “We’re getting behind the campaign because we want our customers to know that the Fiery Bird is a safe, welcoming space and that we don’t condone sexist or abusive behaviour towards anyone.
“We have White Ribbon materials on display throughout the venue and, if like us, you care about the welfare of your staff and customers, the materials which the Council is giving away are a great resource.”
There are 25 free packs available each containing:
- 10 posters (2 of 5 designs)
- 40 beer mats
- 30 promise cards to give to customers
- 10 white ribbons for staff
- 10 find help cards
- 10 stickers
Further campaign materials can be purchased directly from whiteribbon.org.uk. To request a free pack, call our Marketing Communications team on 01483 743050 or email email@example.com
*Woking Borough Council accreditation is as a member of the Surrey Against Domestic Abuse Partnership.