The Council is once again supporting the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, also known as International White Ribbon Day, on Wednesday, November 25.

Each year thousands of people around the world stand up, speak out and say NO to violence against women. This year is more important than ever with a significant increase recorded in violence, harassment and abuse during the coronavirus pandemic. 

This year marks six years since Rhondda Cynon Taf Council became the first Local Authority in Wales to be recognised by the White Ribbon campaign for its work to end violence against women. 

That support continues to this day thanks to an on-going commitment between the Council and its partners, including South Wales Police, Women's Aid RCT and local housing providers, all working together to provide assistance and support to victims of domestic violence.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is proud to be a White Ribbon Accredited organisation.

Councillor Rhys Lewis, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Well-being and Cultural Services, said: “Despite the restrictions in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we must all continue to make a stand and challenge the wholly unacceptable acts of domestic violence.

“The White Ribbon campaign encourages men around the world to recognise the necessity for them to stand up and take responsibility in working towards a future without violence against women.

“Rhondda Cynon Taf Council proudly supports White Ribbon Day. We must never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women and I would urge our residents to wear your White Ribbon with pride to show your support.

“This Council also offers support to children affected by domestic violence, works with perpetrators to address their unacceptable behaviour, and most importantly, works to keep victims safe.

“Domestic violence is something that can affect anyone in Rhondda Cynon Taf at any time of their life, regardless of age, race, religion or gender. We all need to stop and think about what goes on behind closed doors, especially at a time when everyone’s lives have changed so dramatically.”

Please support this year’s International White Ribbon Day on Wednesday, November 25. For further details visit www.whiteribbon.org.uk

Posted on Wednesday 25th November 2020

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