Basingstoke and Deane White Ribbon accreditation

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Work to end men’s violence against women and girls, by engaging men and boys to make a stand, has led to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council being accredited by White Ribbon UK.

To become accredited by White Ribbon, the council has developed a comprehensive three-year action plan to change the attitudes and cultures that lead to abuse and violence and to promote gender equality.

Some of the actions already underway include revising and developing the domestic abuse policy for employees, encouraging ambassadors and champions to share the message in the workplace and beyond, and raising awareness in the local community. Implementing this action plan will lead to sustainable and wide-reaching change, improving outcomes for those affected now and in the future.

View a summary of the action plan for 2022 to 2025.

White Ribbon is a global campaign that encourages people, and especially men and boys, to act and change the behaviour and culture that leads to abuse and violence individually and collectively. To wear a white ribbon is to promise to never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.

Chief Executive of White Ribbon UK Anthea Sully said “White Ribbon accredited organisations can make a real difference towards ending violence against women by promoting a culture of respect and equality, among their staff and wider communities.

“We are delighted to welcome Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council as one of our White Ribbon accredited organisations and are looking forward to working with them.”

For White Ribbon Day 2023, as well as encouraging staff across all sites to take the White Ribbon Promise, and wear a white ribbon, the council arranged a number of activities. These included a series of lunchtime drop-in sessions for staff to hear more about the issues around violence against women and girls; a Bake Off event to raise awareness and funds for a local domestic abuse service provider; a stall in Festival Place to provide information, advice and white ribbons to local residents; white ribbons and information available in 25 community centres across the borough and working with partners to offer training and support.

For further information around BDBC’s White Ribbon accreditation, please contact the White Ribbon co-ordinator on whiteribbon@basingstoke.gov.uk.

For further information about the White Ribbon organisation visit the White Ribbon website.

Find out more about support around domestic abuse or violence in Basingstoke.

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