Welsh Independents are being urged to put the problem of domestic abuse against women on their agenda. Men and boys in Wales are being invited to wear a white ribbon for a week from today as a personal pledge never to commit, condone or ignore violence against women.
“Domestic violence is hidden from public view, as it’s usually inflicted on women by their closest partner behind closed doors,” said Dr Fiona Gannon (pictured), co-ordinator of the newly-formed Union of Welsh Independents’ Women’s Network. “Every year, more than 50,000 women in Wales are subjected to domestic abuse. This serious problem should be the subject of prayer and discussion in chapels and churches,” said Dr Ganon on behalf of the newly-formed Union of Welsh Independents’ Women’s Network.
“Although we, as a women’s network, seek to raise awareness of this issue at a grass roots level in our chapels, it’s worth remembering that the White Ribbon campaign was started by men. It’s something that all Christians should look out for in the communities in which they live.”
The call comes on the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.