Violence against Women and Girls
White Ribbon Accreditation
Kingston Council has taken a stand to end all male violence against women by becoming White Ribbon Accredited.
Commitments made by Kingston in its White Ribbon action plan include appointing volunteer male ambassadors as advocates to end violence against women and raising awareness of the issue within the local community. The council has also pledged to encourage partner agencies to commit to tackling male violence against women and girls, review existing policies around domestic and sexual violence and roll out bystander training.
About White Ribbon
White Ribbon UK is a leading charity engaging with men and boys to end violence against women. 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.
White Ribbon Steering Group
We have set up a steering group, to oversee the 3 year action plan taking us up to 2024 to ensure we have an effective organisation response to tackling male violence against women and girls. The group is focused on the following priority White Ribbon core criterias:
- Strategic Leadership
- Engaging Men & Boys
- Changing Culture
- Raising Awareness
Aims & Responsibilities
- STRATEGY: To successfully have a strategy in place for each of the key core criterias required to meet White Ribbon accreditation.
- ACTION PLAN: To create an action plan for the strategy and adapt this accordingly throughout the White Ribbon accreditation process to maximise outcomes. The White Ribbon Accreditation Action Plan will be used to monitor progress.
- IMPLEMENTATION: To implement the action plan according to our organisational needs and to consolidate on this.
- EMBEDDING: To embed the strategy within our organisation and enable cultural change.
16 Days of Activism - Kingston events
On White Ribbon Day Thursday 25 November, and the 16 days to end violence against women that follow, we are asking people in their communities, organisations and workplaces, to come together, and say ‘no’ to violence against women.
Kingston Council is holding a drop in event on Thursday 25 November from 2-5pm to raise awareness about male violence against women and girls. The Kingston Community Safety team will be outside Guildhall to speak to members of the public on the importance of men and boys being part of the conversation to end male violence against women, ensure the voices of women and girls are heard and to highlight the work taking place on a local level to tackle this significant issue.
As part of 16 Days of Activism, the council is also hosting a conference on 2 of December around Violence Against Women and Girls and the impacts on Black and Minoritised Women. We have experts in the women’s sector joining us to talk about the prevalence and barriers that minority women face in accessing support and how we as a partnership can break these down.
Kingston Council are also collaborating with Richmond, Merton, Wandsworth and the South West Police to run a live youtube event for the community around how to support a friend or family member who discloses dometic abuse, the role of the Independent Domestic Violence Adviser and Independent Sexual Violence Adviser as well as information on the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare’s Law). This event will take place on the morning of 9 December. More information to follow soon.