Hampshire Cricket Show Support For White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon Day stands to stop violence against women and girls

Hampshire Cricket are teaming up with the Police and Crime Commissioner to support pledges to stop violence against women and girls.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Donna Jones, has gained support from sports clubs and associations in Hampshire for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25th November (White Ribbon Day).

Hampshire Cricket are joined by Southampton Football Club, Hampshire Football Association and Hampshire Rugby Football Union to team up with the Commissioner and promote the White Ribbon Day promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.

The clubs and organisations will be doing different activities to spread the word and encourage others to make the White Ribbon Day promise, including players, staff and managers. 

Hampshire Cricket is pleased to support the White Ribbon Day campaign. As a club and venue we pride ourselves on making a meaningful difference in the local community and we hope lending our support to this important initiative will encourage others to make the White Ribbon Day promise to end violence against women.

David Mann, Hampshire Cricket & The Ageas Bowl Chief Executive

Traditionally preventing violence against women and girls has been the responsibility of females leading to them altering their behaviours to stay safe. It is not right that women don’t feel safe to walk home alone.

White Ribbon Day is about men stepping up and speaking out. All men can make a difference by thinking carefully about their own behaviour and being prepared to call out sexist and harassing behaviour when they see it.

I would like to thank the sports clubs and players who have responded positively to my request for support and who are now making the White Ribbon promise. Sports players are often role models to young boys and men and the fact that they are supporting this message will act as a way to encourage the younger generations to not accept this behaviour.

Donna Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner

While the focus of White Ribbon Day is men’s violence against women, all genders can be victims or perpetrators of violence and sexual offences and as such the Commissioner funds support services for all. If you or someone you know needs help or advice please visit https://www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/safer-together/supporting-victims/sexual-crime  or www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/domestic-abuse

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