Working in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service, London Fire Brigade and alongside local partners like Leyton Orient FC, Waltham Forest Council is committed to tackling all strands of violence against women and girls (VAWG), protecting our residents and taking action against perpetrators.
Since 2014, the borough has had White Ribbon status – accreditation that formally recognises the work carried out by all of our local partners to raise awareness about gender-based violence and abuse and encourage members of the community to take a stand against it.
Leyton Orient FC’s players are today wearing White Ribbon t-shirts prior to kick off to show their support and they have also signed the White Ribbon Pledge:
Never to commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women and girls.
The White Ribbon logo – the official symbol of the global campaign to end violence against women and girls – can also be seen on the sides of all of the London Fire Brigade’s engines in the borough.
There is also a short campaign video featuring Leyton Orient players on the club’s, Council’s and White Ribbon’s websites, along with YouTube; simply search ‘Leyton Orient – White Ribbon Pledge’.
Cllr Liaquat Ali MBE JP, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Cohesion, said: “We’re very clear that abuse in any form cannot and will not be condoned in Waltham Forest. We’re committed to working with the police, Leyton Orient FC, London Fire Brigade and other local partners to take action against perpetrators and protect those at risk of harm.”
Supporting the White Ribbon campaign is just one strand in the borough’s ongoing efforts to combat VAWG and support victims. The Council has a specialist VAWG team, which covers domestic violence (DV), hate crime, sexual abuse, child sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage and honour-based violence.
Howard Gould, Community Liaison Officer for Leyton Orient FC, said: “Leyton Orient Football Club are pleased to be working in partnership with Waltham Forest Council to raise awareness of and support both the White Ribbon campaign and the borough’s ongoing efforts to tackle violence against women and girls. The staff and players give this work their full backing and urge all supporters to be vigilant and help eradicate the problem.”
Jamie Jenkins, London Fire Brigade Borough Commander for Waltham Forest, said: “The London Fire Brigade in Waltham Forest are proud to support the White Ribbon Campaign to help stop violence against women and girls. Throughout White Ribbon week, firefighters at stations across the borough will wear a white ribbon to show their commitment to the campaign.”