NFWI-Wales events to mark White Ribbon Day 2017

NFWI-Wales held 2 events at the Senedd on 21 November which called on men to speak out against male Violence Against Women (VAW).

The events, sponsored by Joyce Watson AM, formed part of the annual Not in my Name campaign to recruit male ambassadors to speak out on ending male VAW, which NFWI-Wales and Joyce Watson AM set up six years ago in 2012. They were also an opportunity for stakeholders and supporters to mark the International Day for the Elimination of VAW and White Ribbon Day  on 25 November.

At 12 noon a panel debate was held based on the theme ‘engaging men and boys in challenging all forms of VAW’.  Panel members  included Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales; Richard Murgatroyd, White Ribbon UK; and Gwendolyn Sterk, Welsh Women’s Aid.

Pupils from Ysgol Coedcae in Llanelli were present to share a video they have produced around healthy relationships and the winner of the NFWI-Wales White Ribbon logo competition was announced by Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport.

Later that day, a Candlelight Vigil took place at the Senedd to show solidarity with victims of the VAW across the world. Following a short walk around the Pierhead building, supporters were addressed by Mair Stephens, Chair of NFWI-Wales; Joyce Watson AM, Julie James AM, Leader of the House; Nadia Salaman; Jemma Shepherd, Help4Wales Foundation; Garry Davies, South Wales Fire and Rescue and representatives from each of the political parties – David Melding AM, Rhun ap Iorwerth AM, Kirsty Davies AM and Caroline Jones AM.

To close the evening, Bechgyn Bro Taf male choir performed an octet.