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White Ribbon walk to hit the streets of Newtown

Created on 02/11/2023 @ 15:44
A walk highlighting a call to end men's violence against women and girls will take place later this month.

Newtown residents are being invited to take part in the walk, one of four taking place in Powys on Saturday, 25 November.

They are being organised by the county council in support of the global White Ribbon movement, which this year is encouraging people to #ChangeTheStory on harmful gender-based behaviours and attitudes.

The walk will start at 11am at the Newtown Integrated Family Centre in Park Street.

Refreshments will be available at the end of the town centre walk.

“Please come and join us at one of our four walks on Saturday 25, November and in making choices and taking actions to #ChangeTheStory for women and girls so, they may live free from the fear of violence,” said Cllr Matthew Dorrance, Powys County Council’s Deputy Leader and one of its White Ribbon Lead Ambassadors.

“I would also like to encourage men and boys in Powys to make the White Ribbon promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women and girls, which can be done online on the White Ribbon UK website: .”

A walk is also taking place in Welshpool.

There will also be a stand in Bear Lanes Shopping Centre in Newtown on Saturday 25 November, from 11am to 2pm, to raise awareness of the aims of the White Ribbon movement and Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre will be handing out free personal safety alarms, and advice and information.

Powys County Council is a White Ribbon accredited organisation which means it has made a commitment to ending violence against women in Powys communities, improving its own workplace culture and ensuring the safety of its female employees.

White Ribbon UK works to prevent violence against women and girls by encouraging men and boys to make changes to the way they act and behave:

This year it is highlighting that:

·         Nearly 1 in 4 girls in mixed sex schools have had experiences of unwanted sexual touching in school. (EVAW)

·         6 in 10 women have felt harassed in the gym by a man. (The Gym-timidation Report)

·         30% of women have experienced workplace harassment, with 81% reporting that they had been harassed by a man/men. (Government Equalities Office)

·         1.7 million women experienced domestic abuse in the year ending March 2022. (ONS)