White Ribbon Day is today, ( Saturday 25th November) where UK charity White Ribbon campaigns to end gender-based violence against women and girls.

Their focus is on #changethestory, challenging the seemingly ‘harmless’ attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate violence for women and girls.

Anthea Sully, Chief Executive of White Ribbon UK told us:

“My message to young men. Violence against women is not a women’s issue. You may not be violent, but all men must be a part of the solution.

“To create a world where women and girls can live without the fear of violence or the threat of this fear of violence, we work together to change attitudes and behaviours.”

In York, the council is taking part in the day to support ending violence towards women and girls in the city.

City of York council was accredited White Ribbon status in 2021 for its commitment to working with services such as North Yorkshire Police, IDAS, and York Hospital, to raise awareness of domestic abuse.

Anthea Sully added:

“White Ribbon Day, and the 16 Days of Activism, will always be a time of remembrance for all those who’ve been affected directly and indirectly by men’s violence against women.

“As we honour the victims, we’re also reminded that male allyship remains crucial to stopping violence before it starts.”

White Ribbon UK encourages people to raise awareness by wearing the White Ribbon this Saturday, as a simple symbol that helps to spark important conversations.

York charity Kyra Women’s Project continues to support women who have been victims of violence and harassment, and their website can be found here :