Joyce teams up with Haverfordwest school to tackle violence
Tasker Milward School joins White Ribbon campaign
Local AM Joyce Watson has praised Tasker Milward School for their commitment to promoting respectful relationships between young people.
Tasker Milward is the most recent school to get involved with the White Ribbon campaign, which Mrs Watson has campaigned on in Wales for over a decade.
Last month, the Haverfordwest-based AM met with Head Teacher Mrs Lewis to discuss how schools can support the White Ribbon pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about male violence towards women.
Mrs Watson explained:
“White Ribbon is all about respect between men and women, an issue that has been very much in the news recently.
“Sadly, domestic violence is still a big problem in our society. Already this year, more than 100 women in the UK have lost their lives and one in four women in Wales will experience violence at the hands of a partner at some time.
“We need a culture change and young people can lead the way. Schools have a big part to play, encouraging positive attitudes and relationships.”
According to figures published earlier this year, reports of domestic violence across Wales have increased 23% in three years.
Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November, the students have discussed and researched the issue, producing their own campaign pack: S.T.A.R. Strive to Achieve Respect. Joyce Watson returned to the school recently to talk about what pupils have learned. She said:
“I am so impressed with the way the school – Mrs Lewis and all the staff and students – have approached the subject and the work they have produced.
“Clearly, ending violence cannot be an issue for women to face alone. Men and boys must be inspired to get involved, to challenge and change attitudes and behaviours – and that has to start from a young age. I hope more schools will follow Tasker’s lead.”