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Events to mark White Ribbon Day 2018

Stakeholders from across Wales joined us at the Senedd on 20 November to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and White Ribbon Day which took place on 25 November.

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A cross-party stakeholder event, sponsored by Joyce Watson AM, was held at midday in the Senedd. Mair Stephens, Chair of NFWI-Wales spoke about the commitment of the WI to ending violence against women through the Not in my Name campaign and highlighted some of the early mandates of the WI to address domestic violence.

We heard a powerful and moving talk from Lynda, a New Pathways past service user, who is a survivor of rape.  Lynda shared her difficult and moving story of experiencing sexual violence. This was followed by a debate on ‘Addressing the causes and consequences of sexual violence and challenging the attitudes and behaviours that persist in our society’.  Panel members included Jackie Stamp, Chief Executive of New Pathways; Julie James AM, Leader of the House; Alun Michael, Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales; Lucy Raffety, Series Producer, Casualty; and Simon Harper, Executive Producer, Casualty.

The winner and runners-up of our White Ribbon keyring competition were also announced by Mair Stephens. Congratulations to Jennifer Poole, Freystrop and District WI, Pembrokeshire Federation who was announced winner. The 2 runners-up were Marian Martin, Panteg WI, Gwent Federation and Margaret Gould, Stepney WI, Sir Gâr/Carmarthenshire Federation.  Marian and Margaret, who were present at the Senedd, were presented with a certificate by Joyce Watson AM and Julie James AM, Leader of the House.

At 6.30pm, a Candlelight Vigil took place on the steps of the Senedd to show solidarity with victims of the violence against women across the world. Following a short walk around the Pierhead building, soprano Sofia Kirwan-Baez from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama performed a contemporary song on the theme of violence against women followed by a traditional song.

Supporters were then addressed by Joyce Watson AM; Mair Stephens, Chair of NFWI-Wales; Julie James AM, Leader of the House; domestic abuse survivors Lisa Flavin and Bethan Morgan; Detective Superintendent Anthony Griffiths, Dyfed Powys Police; Chisomo Phiri, Women’s Officer, NUS Wales; and Assembly Members David Melding AM, Rhun ap Iorwerth AM, Caroline Jones AM, and Jack Sargeant AM.