DN Colleges Group have taken a stand to end all male violence against women by becoming White Ribbon Accredited. White Ribbon is a global campaign that encourages people, and especially men and boys, to individually and collectively take action and change the behaviour and culture that leads to abuse and violence. To wear a white ribbon is to promise to never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.
Commitments made by DN Colleges Group in their White Ribbon action plan include, appointing staff Ambassadors and Champions to raise awareness, delivering Tutorial sessions about male violence against women to students and reviewing their policies to ensure a strategic approach.
Anthea Sully, Chief Executive of White Ribbon UK said, “Our call to end violence by raising awareness, educating and campaigning to bring about change is greatly strengthened by working together with our White Ribbon accredited organisations. Our partners are able to engage with many thousands of people to change the cultures that lead to violence against women and girls. We are delighted to welcome DN Colleges Group one of our White Ribbon Accredited organisations. Together we can prevent violence happening in the first place”.
Natalie Marshall, Lead Practitioner for Student Support said “We are delighted to join this global campaign and are committed to working with our students, especially male students. At College, we are in a privileged position of being able to support and influence the personal development of approximately 4000 young people and we are now using our Tutorial work to spread the White Ribbon message.”
Student Megan Jackson said “Feeling safe is a really important part of being able to learn effectively. I’m pleased that the issue of male violence is being taken so seriously.”
More than 100 organisations have received White Ribbon accreditation, including councils, police forces, fire and rescue services, health authorities, housing associations, schools and universities. There is also a scheme for smaller organisations to become White Ribbon supporters.
Individuals can join over 37,000 others who have signed the White Ribbon UK pledge and get more information online at whiteribbon.org.uk.
Follow White Ribbon UK on twitter: @WhiteRibbon_UK