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Nottinghamshire White Ribbon Campaign 'Man Enough' 2012

Mansfield District Council is supporting a new campaign which aims to get a minimum of 10,000 pledges from men across Nottinghamshire stating their opposition to violence and abuse against women and girls over the course of the next year.

'Man Enough': Nottinghamshire's own White Ribbon Campaign, was launched today (Valentine's day) by the Nottingham Post, The Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum (NDVF) and Women's Aid Integrated Services (WAIS).

This will run in conjunction with the White Ribbon Campaign and already has the support of Forest football team, Nottingham University, NTU and numerous regional organisations, industries and public sectors including both city and county councils, and a growing list of local artists, musicians and celebrities/sports stars.

White Ribbon, while a huge international campaign running in over 60 countries - has not yet had the support it deserves and needs in the UK. Our aim is for Nottinghamshire to come together and take a lead in the UK for White Ribbon awareness, to give men a platform to voice their opposition to gender violence, and to encourage other cities and counties to follow suit.

Nottinghamshire's men can pledge online via www.man-enough.org or by text - just text 'man' or 'man enough' to 81400.

The Post is beginning their print campaign with an introductory article and photo shoot with the Forest Football team in February, and then an article each month and events run by the local industries, MPs, sports people, artists, celebrities and major public organisations, all of whom have already offered their commitment to WRC. Pledgers will also be able to purchase white wrist bands, white ribbons and T shirts to show their support for the campaign.

A final event will be held on Valentine's Day 2013 in Nottingham's Market Square, to honour all of the organisations, industries and individuals who will have contributed support, pledges and events over the course of the year-long campaign.

Across the Mansfield District, the Police dealt with 413 domestic violence crimes between April and September 2011. Many more went unreported or the Police were unable to make an arrest.

Published 13 February 2012

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