First Minister makes a stand against domestic abuse by signing the White Ribbon Charter
The Democratic Unionist Party has joined with Women’s Aid ABCLN to sign the White Ribbon Charter making the pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
First Minister Arlene Foster said: “Women’s Aid do a vast amount of positive work to support the victims of domestic abuse. I want to stand by them and support their work. Therefore I was pleased to be able to sign the white ribbon charter in Stormont.”
“Nobody should ever feel like they are suffering in silence. Help and support is available to those facing the awful circumstances of domestic abuse. I want to commend the work of Women’s Aid and I encourage victims to get the support they need.”
The White Ribbon Campaign is a global movement to end male violence against women. It was formed in 1991 by a group of men in Canada responding to the massacre of 14 female students, to send out the message that male violence against women in all its forms is unacceptable.
Women’s Aid ABCLN CEO, Rosemary Magill said: “With one in four women affected by domestic abuse in their lifetime, staying silent is not an option. We aim to create a society where all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse.”
“The White Ribbon campaign challenges the attitudes and behaviours that lead to male violence against women, and we welcome the Democratic Unionist Party’s commitment and support to end domestic abuse in all its forms.”
For more information about the White Ribbon Campaign contact Women’s Aid ABCLN White Ribbon Co-ordinator: