White Ribbon Fife is calling on men in Levenmouth and the East Neuk to support the national male-led campaign to stop violence against women.
This year’s drive was launched on Monday at Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, asking men and boys across the Kingdom to take the pledge “never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women”.
The White Ribbon Campaign is a worldwide male-led campaign aimed at ending violence against women.
Over 70 countries across the world support it and thousands of people around the world have pledged their commitment and signed up to the pledge.
Fife Council Partnership Board formally agreed to support the campaign and work towards White Ribbon Fife status.
Councillor Kenny Selbie, chairman of Fife Council’s safer communities committee: “Historically, violence against women has been seen as a ‘women’s issue’.
“This campaign enables us to begin to redress this by encouraging men and boys to make a positive contribution and join together to tackle gender based violence. We are delighted to be in a position to support this campaign in Fife and will be working to secure White Ribbon status.”
White Ribbons will be available at various venues across Fife until December 10, as part of the 16 days of action to end Gender Based Violence.
Wearing a white ribbon is a visible sign that someone is committed to the pledge.
Garry McEwan, Chief Superintendent, of Police Scotland said: “Violence against women is widely under-reported.
“Prevention is key and we would encourage men and boys of all ages, from all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, sexual orientation and physical ability, to sign up to and engage with this positive campaign. We all have a part to play.”
Dr Eddie Coyle, director of Public Health NHS Fife said: “Violence against women is a serious public health problem affecting the physical, sexual and emotional health of a great many women. All men, as fathers, brothers, uncles, sons, partners and friends, can show their support by wearing a white ribbon.”