Wednesday December 19, 2018
For the road ahead

URTU Backs White Ribbon Campaign


On average two women a week are killed by a male partner or former partner. One in four women will suffer domestic violence in their lifetimes. 

But this isn't just a personal tragedy. Violence and discrimination against women impacts on all parts of society, wrecks families, childhoods and lives.

The White Ribbon Campaign was set up by men who want to do something positive to oppose violence against women and girls. We believe this isn't just a women's only issue and men have to be part of the solution.

Richard Murgatroyd, Trade Union Campaign Manager for White Ribbon UK said:

"It is also very much a trade union issue that directly impacts on female colleagues in the workplace.

"We need to challenge the idea that violence against women is just physical - discrimination, emotional abuse and sexual harassment at work are all aspects of the problem.

"So, it's great that the URTU has agreed to get behind the campaign."

Every year on White Ribbon Day (25 November), and for the following 10 days, trade unionists in workplaces across the UK show solidarity and support to women experiencing violence, sexual harassment or bullying. Thousands of people wear the white ribbon, take part in workplace based educational events and pledge not to commit, condone or remain silent about the issue.

Richard Murgatroyd said:

"Our vision is that trade unionists will actively support this throughout the country, so it becomes a national demonstration but, rather than on the streets, it will happen in staff-rooms, factories, sites and offices. And with the help of URTU, in cabs, canteens and wherever road transport workers meet too!"

"Please visit our website and see how you can get involved. You can order a white ribbon, or even better a couple of our large White Ribbon Vehicle magnets, to show your support on the road."

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