White Ribbon Day 2021 was marked in Rhondda Cynon Taf with a Candlelit Vigil held in Pontypridd town centre to remember every woman and girl who have lost their lives as a result of male violence.
The vigil, which took place outside the Council’s Llys Cadwyn buildings in Taff Street, was organised in conjunction with the local authority, emergency services, Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board and third sector domestic abuse support organisations and trade unions.
The aim of the event, which was attended by over 100 people, including members of the Emergency Services, was to promote the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which the Council supports each year. It was also aimed at raising awareness of the issue of violence against women and to remember the victims of male violence.
The RCT Candlelit Vigil began with an opening address by Councillor Rhys Lewis, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Well-being and Cultural Services.
Councillor Maureen Webber, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Deputy Leader, read the poignant poem I Got Flowers Today by Paulette Kelly and dedicated to all victims and survivors of domestic violence. The other speaker at the Candlelit Vigil was Alex Davies-Jones, MP for Pontypridd.
The event closed with members of the public laying candles down on the floor as a mark of respect to remember all those women and girls who have lost their lives as a result of male violence
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is proud to be a White Ribbon Accredited organisation.
Posted on 26/11/2021