West Midlands Railway and Network Rail are working with the charity White Ribbon in an effort to end violence against women | So Good News
West Midlands Railway and Network Rail are partnering with the UK’s leading charity White Ribbon, aiming to support their work in engaging both men and boys to end violence against women and girls.
The charity seeks to encourage everyone to take the White Ribbon Promise – to never use, excuse or remain silent about men’s violence against women.
Events supporting White Ribbon Day 2022 will take place across the rail network on 25 November.
West Midlands Railway and the Heart of England Community Rail Partnership have pulled out all the stops to get the White Ribbon message across and have commissioned well-known local artist Emily Pettitt to carry out a live drawing to create an eye-catching window. depicting the White Ribbon campaign. The live drawing will take place on a service between Leamington Spa and Nuneaton and passengers on board will be invited to join in by adding their own white ribbons to the special artwork.
While Emily is hard at work creating the unique display, West Midlands Railway will be providing information about White Ribbon Day and how you can get involved or where you can find help or support.
White Ribbon Day 2022 coincides with the FIFA Men’s World Cup and for this reason the charity has created #The goal to raise awareness of both the challenges and dangers women and girls face in traditionally male-dominated environments such as the football pitch and public transport.
WMR customer experience director Jonny Wiseman said: “I am proud that West Midlands Railway is leading the way in the rail industry, working with Network Rail to help change harmful attitudes and create safe cultures and environments for women and girls to live free from fear of violence. This year on White Ribbon Day, the rail industry and our community partners will come together and start playing as a team to end violence against women and girls. I hope our customers will join us in making the White Ribbon pledge.”
Malcolm Holmes, Chief Executive, West Midlands Rail Executive and Chair of Heart of England CRP said: “We want to encourage men to speak out against violence against women and girls to promote equality in all aspects of society, including rail.
“It is through awareness campaigns like White Ribbon Day that we can make a real difference in our local community by calling out and changing harmful behaviour. I am delighted that Heart of England CRP has been able to help make this important event happen.”