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Equity partners with White Ribbon Campaign

14 November 2017

Equity is partnering with White Ribbon Campaign UK in the lead-up to 25 November, the International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women. The union and the charity will work together to encourage male union members to wear a white ribbon on this day, and show their support for this cause. 

Founded in Canada in 1991, the White Ribbon Campaign was created by men who wanted to oppose gendered violence, and to encourage other men and boys to stand with women and girls in pursuit of equality. 

Recently, the UK branch of this charity has reached out to unions in order to communicate with men directly in their workplace.

Ribbons are available at Equity's Guild Hall office, and have been sent out to our regional offices, London theatres and drama schools across the UK. Branches have been encouraged to also order boxes for local members. 

Casts and branches are encouraged to take photos of themselves wearing ribbons, and to share these on social media. 

From 24-26 November, Equity's Women's Committee will also be running a White Ribbon stall at the South Bank Centre's Being a Man Festival. 

Richard Murgatroyd, trade union campaign manager for White Ribbon UK, said: “We believe that the progressive vision of Equity, with its emphasis on equality, solidarity and empowerment, naturally gels with our campaign to end gender-based violence in the workplace and beyond. Although Equity isn’t the largest trade union in the UK it represents workers in a tremendously influential part of society.”

Flip Webster, member of the Equity Women’s Committee, said: “This issue is of particular importance to the Women’s Committee. The stereotyped portrayal of women in the popular media as all too often the victims of violence has a negative impact on both women and men. Equity’s motion to this year’s Women’s TUC Conference emphasised the importance of this issue. Our members are often compromised by these stereotypes in terms of the roles that are available to them. Writers, commissioners and execs can do much to change this. We hope members of our union will wear the White Ribbon on this day and explain its significance to those that ask.”

Find out more from: www.whiteribbon.org.uk

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