- Posted by: Joyce Watson MS
- Category: Feature
Mid and West Wales member Joyce Watson raised £93 by selling White Ribbons to AMs and Welsh Assembly staff for White Ribbon Day, which encourages men to speak out against domestic violence.
The money will help support women and children fleeing violence over the Christmas period.
Cardiff Women’s Aid Chief Executive, Morgan Fackrell met Mrs Watson and Cardiff South and Penarth AM Vaughan Gething in the Senedd on Wednesday (5 December). She thanked the politicians for their donation and continued support.
“It is a strong message of our shared commitment to ending violence and abuse. This donation will be used to help those families who need to stay with us in refuge over the Christmas period,” she said.
Mrs Watson said: “This is the fifth year I have sold white ribbons in the Assembly. Not only does it raise a bit of money for things like toiletries, and treats and toys for the children of women fleeing violence, it also raises the profile of the campaign.”
“Some people will feel like they are walking on egg shells this Christmas; terrified of saying the wrong thing; a prisoner in their own home. It is vital that they know there is help and support available.”
Vaughan Gething added: “I remain a strong supporter of the white ribbon appeal. Raising money and awareness of the damage that domestic abuse does should never become run of the mill. Men and women should be shocked and outraged that this abuse still takes place. Crucially we should also do something about it.”
Last month, Mrs Watson teamed up with the Women’s Institute for the Not in my Name White Ribbon campaign. The campaign recruited men and male organisations, including the Cardiff Devils ice hockey team, male voice choirs from across Wales and farming organisations, to sign up to the White Ribbon pledge – never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
White Ribbon Day takes place on 25 November, International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women. It encourages men to buy and wear a white ribbon as a sign of their commitment.
If you are experiencing, or have experienced domestic abuse, and you are looking for emergency refuge, information, advice or support – please contact the All Wales Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 80 10 800 (24-hours) – or by email via their website www.allwaleshelpline.org.uk. The helpline service is available to women, men and children in Wales.