To mark White Ribbon Day 2019 (25 November), also known as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Towards Women, the Council has dressed the town centre’s most prominent figures with white ribbons.
The symbolic act involving the larger-than-life sculptures by Woking born artist, Sean Henry, aims to raise awareness of the White Ribbon campaign, which encourages men to call out sexist or abusive behaviour towards women.
The Mayor of Woking, Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, said: “Most men do not use violence but all men can help to end it. To wear a white ribbon like our statuettes, is a promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence towards women.”
During her 2019-20 mayoral year, Cllr Hunwicks has chosen to fundraise for Your Sanctuary and the Women’s Support Centre, two organisations that support people affected by domestic abuse.
Cllr Hunwicks continued: “Whether it’s your mother, sister, niece, daughter or a female friend, we’re all close to someone who deserves to live in a society free from male violence. The White Ribbon UK campaign encourages men to be part of the solution, to be active bystanders and to stand together to challenge harmful male cultures that can lead to more serious forms of abuse if left unchecked.”
During the associated 16 days of action, that extends the campaign to the 10 December, the Council is working with organisations like Woking Football Club and live music venue, the Fiery Bird to reach male audiences. It is also co-ordinating a borough-wide advertising campaign encouraging people to #makethepromise – a simple online pledge that can be completed at www.whiteribbon.org.uk/promise
People who make the promise can pick up a free white ribbon at the Civic Offices in Gloucester Square while stocks last.
For more information about the White Ribbon UK campaign, please visit www.whiteribbon.org.uk