Barbara wore a white ribbon to support White Ribbon Day on 25 November. She also showed her support for the Government’s new strategy to end violence against women and girls.
Barbara is a keen supporter of the campaign, which works to ensure men take more responsibility for reducing the level of violence against women and girls. The campaign encourages men to support and to get involved in work in schools, workplaces and communities to help end violence.
The Government will work alongside the White Ribbon Campaign on its new integrated strategy ‘Together We Can End Violence Against Women and Girls’, by focusing on changing the attitudes and myths about violence that allow it to be tolerated.
This includes an awareness-raising campaign in the New Year to tackle violence in teenagers’ relationships. From 2011, preventing violence in relationships will also be included in Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education classes to encourage respectful relationships early on. The Government is also giving more money to Family Intervention Projects, to increase the number of families supported from 2,700 to 10,000 over the next few years.
“Every year 1 million women experience at least one incident of domestic abuse – nearly 20,000 women per week. I know that domestic violence is an issue in the lives of a number of women in Salford and their families”
“The Government has already acted to tackle violence against women by introducing new legislation to protect vulnerable women, giving more money for support for victims and introducing training for police and people who work in the health service to help them identify victims of violence.
“Now we need to increase our focus on prevention in order to make it clear, especially to young people, that violence against women and girls is unacceptable. I welcome the Government’s focus on stopping violence before it starts through education in schools and public campaigns to raise awareness.”
Barbara with Labour colleagues welcoming the Govt's new strategy to end violence against women and girls