More than a fortnight of events and activities to highlight a worldwide call to end domestic violence against women is taking place in Tower Hamlets.
The White Ribbon Campaign, which runs for 16 days from 25 November to 10 December 2017, is the largest global effort to stand up to gender based violence.
According to the UN, one in three women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by an intimate partner.
During the campaign, NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group, the local council – London Borough of Tower Hamlets - and other NHS and community organisations will be raising awareness to tackle domestic violence against women and girls.
Starting on The UN International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November, and ending on Human Rights Day on 10 December, the local programme of activity will feature stalls, networking events and presentations run by the council’s Domestic Violence and Hate Crime Team (DVHCT).
Sir Sam Everington, Chair of NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and a local GP, said: “We are fully behind the White Ribbon campaign and encourage people in Tower Hamlets as well as local community organisations to sign the White Ribbon pledge to take a stand against domestic abuse.
“By wearing the ribbon, making a pledge and standing together, we are making a statement that any violence against women or any member of the community is never ok.”
A series of professional and public events are taking place to support the campaign. Victim support will have an outreach stall at the Royal London Hospital on Wednesday 28 November from 10am-1pm and a Rapid Response Mobile Unit will be situated at Asda Isle of Dogs car park providing information on Friday 30 November from 10am-3pm.
Other events include a One Stop Shop on domestic abuse, taking place at the Idea Store Whitechapel from 9.30am-12.30pm on Thursday 29 November and Thursday 6 December; and an outreach stall at the Reach Community Hub, 11 Oliphant Street, Poplar on Tuesday 4 December from 12-2pm.
The White Ribbon Campaign offers suggestions on their website to start taking action and show your support in helping to stop violence against women. You can show your support by visiting www.whiteribbon.org.uk to make a pledge.