Shropshire Towns and Rural (STAR) Housing have taken a stand to end all male violence against women by becoming ‘White Ribbon’ accredited.

White Ribbon is a global campaign that encourages people - especially men and boys - to act both individually and collectively to change the behaviour and culture that leads to abuse and violence. To wear a white ribbon is to promise to never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.

STAR Housing is one of the first organisations in the county to have made the pledge. The housing provider’s White Ribbon plaque was unveiled at a special ceremony last Thursday on White Ribbon Day (November 25).

White Ribbon commitments made by STAR Housing include a three-year action plan to help reduce violence against women, as well as implementing a male education programme. This includes updated housing provider policies around: domestic violence, staff training and partnership work commitments with other agencies.

Ayyaz Ahmed, Head of Neighbourhoods at Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing, said:

“This is a very important cause for us to back and we are proud and passionate to receive the White Ribbon accreditation. The pledge is highly relevant to the tenants that we support, and we want to raise awareness of such a serious issue. We do not want any mother, wife or daughter to be subjected to any physical or emotional violence and together we will make a stand.”

Anthea Sully, Chief Executive of White Ribbon UK said:

“Our call to end violence by raising awareness, educating and campaigning to bring about change is greatly strengthened by working together with our White Ribbon accredited organisations. Our partners are able to engage with many thousands of people to change the cultures that lead to violence against women and girls.

“We are delighted to welcome Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing as one of our White Ribbon Accredited organisations. Together we can prevent violence happening in the first place.”

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