A day before the White Ribbon Day, which falls on November 25, Paul Blomfield MP visited local charity, Ashiana Sheffield, to meet staff and show support for the work they do to address and reduce violence against women.
White Ribbon Day falls each year on 25th November which is the United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Violence against Women.
Throughout the year, the White Ribbon Campaign promotes men to do educational work in schools, workplaces, and communities, to change attitudes which can ignore violence against women, to support women’s organisations, and to raise money for organisations that oppose violence against women.
As per a report in Labour Matters, the Ashiana Sheffield offer shelter, accommodation and support to Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee women, children and young people who have suffered from violent abuse, forced marriages and honour-based violence. It also gives support to those who have been trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation or domestic servitude.
Paul Blomfield MP said that every week in the UK, two women are killed by a violent partner or ex-partner, and during their lifetime 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence.
He added that involving men in preventing violence against women is vital, which is why the work of the White Ribbon Campaign is to be admired.
The MP asserted,” To mark the day, on 25th November, I will be wearing my white ribbon.’
Blomfield elaborated that his visit to meet with the staff at Ashiana gave him a real insight into practical and emotional support needed by women who experience domestic violence and the significant additional issues which face BME women victims.
He added, “I am so proud that in Sheffield we have Ashiana providing a service which is well known, trusted and respected throughout the community. They have a national reputation for their outstanding service which offers a vital lifeline in supporting women when they are at their most vulnerable and at greatest risk.”
Nasim Minhas, Ashiana said; “BAMER women’s experience of domestic abuse is complex because of a range of related factors including honour-related crime, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and trafficking in women and children.’
Minhas added that their experience of abuse may be compounded by, for example, a lack of awareness of services, racism, or because they don’t have English as a first language. Many of the women we support therefore face massive barriers to accessing services.
Minhas said they were grateful for Paul’s support of our work as it provided them with an opportunity to raise awareness of Ashiana in different communities. This will further the support they were able to provide to vulnerable women and children, who may be experiencing abuse but were unaware of the help available to them from culturally-appropriate services like Ashiana.