NALC attends the White Ribbon Conference
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) attended the White Ribbon Conference at Villa Park in Birmingham on 26 September 2023.
As a newly White Ribbon accredited organisation, NALC attended the conference to learn from the UK’s leading charity engaging men and boys to end violence against women and girls at their first in-person conference since June 2019.
The speakers shared inspirational stories and spoke about their journeys and best practices to becoming White Ribbon accredited organisations, ambassadors and champions. Speakers included the British Judo Association, the British Transport Police, the Department of Transport, Lancashire County Council, Newcastle City Council, North Wales Police, and Southeastern Railway.
The conference featured workshop sessions focussing on four key themes: domestic abuse awareness in the workplace, leadership for change, maximising White Ribbon Day, and reaching an audience of Men and boys. The sector-specific and thematic group workshops allowed delegates to share ideas about transforming workplaces and communities.
A panel discussion also featured the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Powys County Council, the Welsh Rugby Union Group, and Wrexham University, who spoke about their work and have done in changing the culture at their organisations and within their sectors.
The conference concluded with a presentation on White Ribbon Day, which takes place on 25 November 2023. The day encourages individuals and organisations to make consistent choices and actions to #ChangeTheStory for women and girls so that they may live free from the fear of violence.
White Ribbon UK aims to prevent violence against women and girls by addressing the root causes. They do this by raising awareness about all forms of violence against women and girls and the links between restrictive gender norms, gender inequality, and violence against them.