The WI marks White Ribbon Day 2016

To mark International White Ribbon Day, NFWI-Wales hosted a lunchtime cross-party stakeholder event at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay followed by a candlelight vigil at dusk on the steps outside the Senedd on 22 November. These events formed part of the annual Not in my Name campaign to recruit to male ambassadors to speak out on ending violence against women.

Sponsored by Joyce Watson AM, the stakeholder event was addressed by NFWI-Wales Chair Ann Jones; Carl Sargeant AM, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children; Denise Puckett, a domestic abuse survivor supported by a workplace policy; Rebecca Walters, Employee Health and Well-being Manager, Admiral; and Andrew White, Stonewall Cymru.

Politicians and stakeholders pledged their support for the Not in my Name Campaign.

Hosted by NFWI-Wales Vice-Chair Margery Davies and Joyce Watson AM, the Candlelight Vigil involved a short walk around the Pierhead building followed by statements on the steps of the Senedd by campaign supporters and cross-party representatives.

Domestic abuse survivors Glenda Clwyd and Rachel Williams shared their heartbreaking stories and statements were made by Carl Sargeant AM, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children; cross-party representatives David Melding AM, Rhun ap Iorwerth AM and Caroline Jones AM; Rhian Bowen-Davies, National Adviser on Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence; and Huw Jakeway, Chief Fire Officer, South Wales Fire and Rescue. Professional harpist Glenda Clwyd also played the harp during the event.

Candlelight vigils, organised by federations and WIs, also took place in Carmarthen, Aberystwyth and Llandudno as well as a Light a Candle Service in Usk.