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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-25-11

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25 November marks start of 2 week campaign to eradicate violence against women

WIRRAL Council will unite with colleagues across Merseyside, on Saturday, 25 November 2017, to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls. The day signals the start of a 16 day campaign of activism to raise awareness of domestic abuse, and people are urged to show their support by sharing social media posts with the #endvaw.  Council Buildings including:- Wallasey Town Hall, Birkenhead Town Hall, and the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, will glow orange to support the UN campaign and people are being urged to wear orange to show solidarity. The Wirral, on 25 November 2017 will also be supporting:- 'White Ribbon Day,' when people are asked to wear a white ribbon and take the 'White Ribbon Pledge' to end male violence against women. Wirral Council has a 0 tolerance approach to domestic abuse. Earlier this year, the Director of Public Health's annual report:- 'Domestic Abuse: Let's Make A Difference' raised awareness of Wirral's higher than average rates of Police recorded domestic abuse, and said it was important to work collaboratively to tackle the problem. An awareness raising campaign across Merseyside will focus on how people need to talk about what is often a hidden problem and seek help. Cllr Anita Leech, Wirral's pledge champion around domestic abuse, said:- 'The UN estimates that 1 in 4 women in the UK annually suffers from domestic violence and 2 are killed each week. Orange is the official colour of the campaign, symbolizing a brighter future free from violence, and we're urging people show their support. Knowing you're not alone can be first step towards seeking help. I'm sure many people will be behind the campaign and showing their support by sharing social media posts."  Buildings across Merseyside including Birkenhead and Wallasey town halls, and the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, will be illuminated orange in solidarity, between 5pm to 7pm, on 25 November 2017. The campaign will be launched by Liverpool DJ Ellie Phillips, who last year publically spoke out about her own experiences of abuse.


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