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24 November 2009
Hello from Scotland's first White Ribbon Co-ordinator!

Callum Hendry takes time to introduce himself to supporters of the campaign

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Supporters of White Ribbon Scotland campaign,

I have just taken up the role of the White Ribbon Scotland Campaign Co-ordinator and wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Callum Hendry and I have spent the last couple of years working in the violence against women sector, namely for the Scottish Government Violence Against Women Team and most recently for the Zero Tolerance Charitable Trust. The WRSC co-ordinator post was created after much hard work and several discussions between members of the steering group and the Scottish Government and I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to work for the campaign and excited by the challenges which lie ahead.

Over the next year I hope to meet as many of you as possible to discuss possible opportunities to work together. I am particularly interested in meeting with people who have had involvement with White Ribbon activity in the past as one of my key aims is to build on existing local networks. I will be in touch with organisers of local groups and urge that if you are or have been a member of any of the White Ribbon groups across Scotland that you get in touch so we can discuss how I can best help to add capacity in your area. I am also very keen to meet with anyone who would like their organisation to work in partnership with the WRSC to discuss how the campaign can add value to the great work already being carried out across the country. If you are developing a project or campaign and feel that there is benefit that could be gained from collaboration with the White Ribbon Campaign then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

This week marks the beginning of the ‘16 Days of Action’ to tackle violence against women. Colleagues and myself will be attending conferences on Wednesday 25th November and Thursday 26th November in Ayr and Dumfries respectively. Both conferences will feature Dr Michael Kauffman, one of the original founders of the White Ribbon Campaign, and will provide fascinating learning and networking opportunities for all of us. I will be overseeing a stall at each event and very much hope to meet with many of you there. For more information on scheduled events, and for further information on the White Ribbon Scotland Campaign in general, please see our website at www.whiteribbonscotland.org.uk .

I would also like to take this opportunity to mention the White Ribbon March which is taking place in Stirling on Thursday 3rd December. The March begins at Stirling Castle at 6pm and anyone is welcome to join us as we march from the Castle Esplanade to the car park at the foot of the hill for mulled wine and mince pies. I would also like to appeal for volunteers to help at event. We are urgently looking for stewards and if you are able to assist we would be most grateful – we will cover any travel expenses involved. Please send me contact details at info@whiteribbonscotland.org.uk  and I will get in touch with you regarding arrangements for the event.

Finally if you have not yet taken the White Ribbon pledge not to commit, condone or remain silent about men’s violence against women then please do so via the website. By taking the pledge and submitting your contact details you can join the campaign and also allow us to keep in touch with you. We will be keeping supporters of the campaign up to date with regular e-bulletins and mailings – if there is anything you would like included in bulletins or posted on the website then please get in touch by mailing me at info@whiteribbonscotland.org.uk .

Thanks for all your support so far and I look forward to working with you in the future!

Many thanks,

Callum Hendry

White Ribbon Scotland Campaign co-ordinator

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Violence and the threat of violence affect women across the world, regardless of wealth, race, and culture. It inflicts devastating physical and psychological impacts on women and has wide-ranging costs for their families communities and societies.

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