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15 October 2012
Over 100 young people take part in White Ribbon Scotland Cup

Over 100 young people kicked off the inaugral White Ribbon Scotland Youth Football Cup. The tournament between East and Mid Lothian councils' Under 13s teams and was watched by parents, children and local council leaders.

The purpose of the cup was to engage young boys in the issue of violence against women and educate them on their role in creating a fairer and safer society, free of violence against women. Over the year 2011/12 an estimated 2000 calls about domestic abuse were recieved by police in Mid and East Lothian, and with 1 in 4 young people believing 'it is ok to hit a woman' there is a clear need to change attitudes and behaviours. White Ribbon Scotland Youth Cup is another platform to do jut that.

Councillor Donald Grant opened the event explaining the importance of tackling violence against women in the Lothians and how every member of the public has a role to play.

The Cup is a joint effort between the Mid lothian and East Lothian Violence Against Women Partnerships and funded by Sport Relief.

During the day, teams of young people attended workshops explaining the key issues around violence and White Ribbon Scotland's aims and objectives.

At the end of the matches, the teams were given White Ribbons to wear.

All the teams did brilliantly, but the winners of the day in the boys' teams, were the Loanhead Miners, and in the girls' teams' were the Musselburgh Windsor Whites.

 

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"Violence against women continues to persist as one of the most heinous, systematic and prevalent human rights abuses in the world." Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General, 2007

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