To mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and White Ribbon day on 25th November Lewisham Labour has pledged its continued commitment to never commit, condone or remain silent about the violence against women and girls.
A motion was debated and passed at full council on 23rd November outlining the continued need to tackle violence against women, and challenge social attitudes and behaviors that lead to gender based violence.
Cllr Janet Daby, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said “This day gives us an opportunity to put a spotlight on the continued prevalence of violence against women and girls in our communities. This is an issues that affected so many women and girls, it shocking that the statistics show that 1 in 4 women and girls will suffer domestic abuse and 1 in 5 will experience sexual violence.”
“It is clear that is can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender identity, sexual orientation or culture. This why is so important that we send a message to all parts of our communities that any form of violence against women and girls is unacceptable and we need tackle it together.”
“During this week events planned include six-a-side football match on Thursday (Nov24) for Men Against Domestic Violence which will see the council’s crime enforcement and regulation service members play the Young Mayor’s team at Bellingham Leisure centre, to raise money for the White Ribbon UK.
On Friday council staff, the police, Working With Men, a voluntary organisation giving support to expectant young fathers who are under-25, will be distributing information, advice and White Ribbons at Lewisham Shopping Centre, Sava Centre Sydenham, Tesco Catford and the Exhibition Space in Catford town centre which will be decorated with white ribbons.
This will be followed by a march of support from Lewisham to Catford, led by Working With Men and the Young Mayor’s team"