Call for businesses to banish violence against women
By Simon Hacker | 17th November 2023
Civic chiefs in a Cotswold market town are urging local businesses to join forces to stop violence against women and girls.
The White Ribbon Promise, which has been taken up by Stroud Town Council (STC) with early support from Forest Green Rovers, is a public pledge to end men's violence against women and girls.
Stroud Mayor Stella Parkes said: "By making the promise, you are taking a crucial first step towards ending this violence.
To mark the council's support of the initiative, STC is staging a drop-in session for businesses with information for signing up on Novermber 25th (10.00am to midday) at the council's offices, Thanet House, on London Road.
Forest Green Rovers CEO Marcus Reynolds said: "FGR FC is a proud supporter of the White Ribbon Promise. As a professional football club, we have the opportunity to use our profile and reach as a platform for positive change.
"Calling out unacceptable behaviours and attitudes is a critical step towards preventing violence against women and girls. It's time to Change The Story and allow women and girls the opportunity to live without the fear of violence."
The White Ribbon promise can be made by anyone over the age of 14, and it involves making a pledge to never commit, excuse, or remain silent about violence against women and girls.
Cllr Parkes added: "We're thrilled Forest Green is taking a stand with us and hope other businesses will join. Together we can make a difference."
White Ribbon UK engages men and boys to end violence against women and girls. Their mission is to prevent this societal scourge by addressing its root causes.
● To find out more, visit the White Ribbon UK website. Stroud businesses can find out more about how to get involved by contacting STC's Kate Buckingham .
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