The Football Association of Wales (FAW) has dedicated their UEFA EURO 2024 qualifier against Türkiye today (21st November) to White Ribbon Day, a globally recognised day that encourages men to commit to ending violence against women and girls.
The FAW hopes that by displaying the White Ribbon message, they will be able to challenge the sexist and misogynistic attitudes that have made professional sport hostile to female supporters. Ahead of and during the match, the FAW, its Wales staff and players, and fans will be encouraged to make the White Ribbon Promise to never use, excuse or remain silent about men’s violence against women.
White Ribbon UK, the leading charity engaging men and boys to stop violence before it starts, is asking individuals, especially men, to #ChangeTheStory for women and girls. Chief Executive of White Ribbon UK Anthea Sully commented, “It is so important that the Football Association of Wales, a governing body, is leading the way by showing that football is a game for all to enjoy and encouraging fans, players and clubs to show their allyship with women. There is so much positive that can come from sport, we hope that men get behind supporting White Ribbon Day and change the story for women to live their lives free from the fear of violence.”
Football Association of Wales CEO Noel Mooney also spoke out on the importance of using the platform of football to support the White Ribbon message: “We are proud of the work of our players and those across the Welsh Football Family who are highlighting the importance of empowering men to safely identify and call out behaviours that could lead to violence against women and girls. The FAW will also utilise the White Ribbon dedicated match to signpost fans to the Welsh Government’s Live Fear Free helpline, a free 24/7 service for anyone who has been impacted by violence or abuse.”
To show your support for White Ribbon Day, White Ribbon UK encourage members of the public to wear a White Ribbon and make the White Ribbon Promise. For more information about White Ribbon UK, White Ribbon Day 2023 or to make the White Ribbon Promise, visit www.whiteribbon.org.uk.