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Hampshire-wide charity marking White Ribbon Day

Stop Domestic Abuse are raising awareness of male violence against women on White Ribbon Day. Picture credits: Stop Domestic Abuse

Stop Domestic Abuse are holding a series of events about the day, that aims to raise awareness of gender-based violence.

White Ribbon Day (WRD) is an annual awareness day with the goal of ending male violence against women.

On this day (25th November) men are invited to pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.

Stop Domestic Abuse is a regional charity, with the vision of creating 'a world without domestic abuse' echoing the theme of WRD.

The charity manages 13 refuges across Hampshire to support women and children at risk of domestic abuse.

WRD is the first of 16 days of activism, running from 25th November to 10th December.

The events will stimulate conversation, raise awareness of abuse and direct people towards the necessary support services.

They are taking place all over Hampshire, with a special session with a women's empowerment group in Portsmouth and public awareness-raising activities in Winchester High Street among those included.

A 16-day online campaign is also being launched on the charity's social media platforms, using the hashtag #asaferhampshireforall.

White Ribbon Day started in 1991 and is active in more than 60 countries, to promote gender equity and healthy relationships.

Claire Lambon, CEO of Stop Domestic Abuse said:

“White Ribbon Day is a highlight of our calendar.

"It is an opportunity to join together with local, national and international organisations around a common cause of ending gender-based violence.

"At this time of year, we are especially keen to engage the community in conversations about domestic abuse and how they can get involved in ending it.

“We encourage all men (and women) reading to make the White Ribbon Day promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.

"Together, we can create a world without domestic abuse.”

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