Steve Backs White Ribbon Campaign(November 16, 2012)
Liverpool Walton MP, Steve Rotheram, has joined forces with the White Ribbon Campaign which seeks to ensure men take more responsibility for reducing the level of violence against women.
Steve explained, "In May 2010, I entered parliament promising to try and help make Walton a better place for the many. There is no more important way to do this than by working to eliminate violence against women. Given that the gender balance in parliament massively unbalanced, it is vital for individual male parliamentarians to be involved in order for change to take place”.
Every year Steve takes part in a photo session that is held on or around White Ribbon Day (November 25th), a day which is also recognised as the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The material gained from the photo session is then used to promote the organisation and its efforts to tackle some of the problems associated with domestic violence.
Steve continued, "Violence against women continues to be a major problem in 2012 Britain. A recent ICM poll showed that 42% of young people know girls whose boyfriends have hit them and that 40% know girls whose boyfriends have coerced or pressurised them to have sex. We need to move away from minimal work on challenging the tolerance of violence, to the kind of long-term uncompromising campaigns, such as those on drink driving and drug addiction.
"The White Ribbon Campaign UK argues that public policy must take the lead in supporting educational programmes that seek to challenge discriminatory attitudes and practices at an early age. I believe that public policy must support prevention work that seeks to discourage discriminatory attitudes and the primers that contribute to men’s violence. More provision for this kind of work will help to reduce the estimated cost to government of domestic violence.
"However, if we really wish to galvanize teenage boys, if we really want to reach them, if we really want to have a life-long impact on their relations with women, then the key entry point might be on building healthy relationships through discussions with young people. This is the way in which young men can really understand the immediate relevancy of the issue of violence against women. Such work should focus on communication in relationships, respect, sexual responsibility, sexual violence, and emotional and verbal abuse".