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22 November 2011
Celtic Back White Ribbon Scotland Campaign

White Ribbon Scotland would like to thank Celtic Football Club for launching their support for the campaign ahead of the 16 Days of Action.

The Glasgow team released a statement on Friday backing the White Ribbon Campaign. Chief Executive Peter Lawell said “Everyone at the Club is glad to be supporting this campaign during the 16 Days of Action. There is no place in our society for violence against women and we are glad to be taking this opportunity to speak out against those that treat women in an abusive manner.”

White Ribbon Scotland is delighted that a club with a fan base such as Celtic's have taken a positive step in speaking out against violence against women during this important time of year. Photos were released featuring key player Kris Commons with a campaign banner on display at Celtic Park next to a shower of white ribbons.

Kris CommonsCeltic will continue their public display of support when they will be wearing white ribbons during the match against Dundee United FC during the 16 Days of Action.

Campaign co-ordinator Callum Hendry said: “We are delighted to see a club like Celtic Football Club take this public stance towards violence against women.

“As clubs take leadership in speaking out about this issue the message will ripple down to the supporters. We need men to act as positive role models for younger fans and to challenge peers who display negative attitudes and behaviour towards women.

“We then stand a chance of reducing the number of incidents of violence by preventing it from occurring in the first place.”

The match between Celtic and Dundee United will take place on Sunday 4th December. To see the media story published on Celtic's website click here.

            

 

 

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