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Essex County Council granted White Ribbon UK accreditation

News / Fri 24th Nov 2023 at 09:48am

ESSEX County Council has been granted accreditation for its commitment to ending men’s violence against women in the workplace and local communities.

The White Ribbon Accreditation has been awarded by White Ribbon UK, the country’s leading charity engaging men and boys to end violence against women and girls.

This announcement comes as White Ribbon Day approaches on Saturday 25 November, marking the beginning of 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence. 

This year’s theme is #ChangeTheStory for women and girls, which emphasises a collective responsibility to create a world where they can live free from fear of violence.

White Ribbon Accreditation is an opportunity to further make the council workplace a safe place for women and men, and to upskill council employees to become changemakers. 

As a White Ribbon Accredited organisation, the council will now look to transform employee culture, systems, and the wider community.

The council has established a White Ribbon Steering Group tasked with developing a three-year action plan. Over the course of the next six months, the group will focus on learning how to identify and root out harmful attitudes and behaviours that can lead to gender-based violence.

This leads on from the work of the Safety Advisory Group (SAG), which was set up by the council in April 2021. Since then, the SAG has been working to engage with communities, groups, organisations across the county and our own workforce on the issue of public safety and in particular, women’s safety.

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Levelling Up, Communities and Business Engagement, Councillor Louise McKinlay said: “I am proud that we have been recognised for our commitment to ending violence against women and girls.

“We want every woman and girl in the county to live a life free of violence, fear and harassment.

“We know that this is not something that will be achieved overnight but changing attitudes and behaviours is key in achieving this.

“Our three-year action plan will build on the work already done by our Safety Advisory Group and will set out how we aim to address harmful attitudes and behaviours that lead to violence against women and girls.”

Anthea Sully, Chief Executive of White Ribbon UK 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. 

“By raising awareness among employees, people can learn how to become allies and call out violent and abusive behaviour when they see it. We are delighted to welcome Essex County Council as one of our White Ribbon Accredited Organisations and are looking forward to working with them towards ending violence against women once and for all.”

Find more about White Ribbon Accreditation.

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