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East and Midlothian Public Protection Committee is asking men in East Lothian Council to support the White Ribbon Scotland campaign, which encourages men to work together to end violence against women. As part of our local response to mark 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence starting on 25 November, the Public Protection Committee are very pleased to be supporting the White Ribbon Scotland campaign. This involves men in tackling violence against women, as part of an international effort involving 55 countries.

We are inviting everyone locally, to take a simple first step to make a pledge - I pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about men's violence against women.

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Paden (Vice Chair of the Public Protection Committee and Chair of the East Lothian and Midlothian Violence Against Women and Girls Delivery Group) says:

“930 incidents of domestic abuse were recorded by the Police in the East Lothian area from 01 April 2017 to 31 March 2018. Most men in Scotland are not violent towards women, but many of us ignore the problem, or see it as something that has nothing to do with us. We are inviting everyone locally, to take a simple first step to make a pledge - I pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about men's violence against women. It takes less than a minute to make your pledge – make sure that you go to the White Ribbon Scotland website to make your pledge today.

“If you want to help spread the word, please wear a White Ribbon on the 25th of November take a selfie and tweet it to us on the day at @elhscp. You can pick up a White Ribbon from John Muir House reception in Haddington or from the Brunton Hall, Musselburgh."

Sean Byrne, Public Protection Manager with the East Lothian and Midlothian Public Protection Office (EMPPO) adds:

“EMPPO is supporting White Ribbon Scotland to deliver a workshop to engage local men in standing up to violence against women and to become a local champion. Although there is no obligation, participants will be given the opportunity to become a local speaker (support and training will be given). The session is aimed mainly at men, but of course we will welcome any women who are interested.

“We are hosting our White Ribbon event Engaging Men to Stand up to Violence Against Women and Girls on 28 November from 5.30-8.30 pm in the Brunton Hall, Musselburgh. Please register for a place or contact us for more information at [email protected]."

Published: Tuesday, 20th November 2018