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Partner organisation hosts White Ribbon Event to raise awareness of the campaign to end violence against women and girls.

Tyneside Women’s Health will be holding an event on Thursday 23rd November to raise awareness about violence against women and girls. The White Ribbon is the symbol of the international campaign to end violence against women, initiated by the United Nations in 1999.

This year Tyneside Women’s Health is working hard to raise awareness of the White Ribbon Campaign to end violence against women.  The event will provide an opportunity to hear directly from women about their experiences of domestic abuse and well as to find out about local initiatives.  The event will take place in the Caedmon Hall of Gateshead Central Library and a limited number places are still available.

Elaine Slater, Chief Executive Officer of Tyneside Women’s Health said:

‘We are highlighting the White Ribbon Campaign to as many people as possible, and will be encouraging everyone who attends on the day to wear a white ribbon.  We have been working with male colleagues from private, public and other voluntary sector organisations in the north east, and we have produced a calendar of pictures of men wearing the white ribbons and showing their solidarity for the campaign.   The event will comprise of guest speakers, networking opportunities, and contributions from service users.  To raise as much public support as possible we will be using social media over the coming week so look out for tweets and posts. We are really pleased to host an event like this to raise awareness of such an important issue and are grateful for the support we have received.’

 The guest speakers at the event include representatives from Gateshead Council, Northumbria Police and local law firm Ben Hoare Bell.  A representative from the Alice Ruggles Trust will also speak about the work of the trust in raising awareness of stalking and harassment.

 Tyneside Women’s Health provides support groups, counselling and wellbeing courses to hundreds of women, including women affected by domestic abuse each year.  Such support helps women rebuild their lives and reduce the risk of re-entering harmful relationships. They are one of the Employing Organisations in the Fulfilling Lives Newcastle and Gateshead partnership.

 White Ribbon Day in the UK is 25th November. This date also marks the start of 16 days of activism leading up to Human Rights Day on 10th December.