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17 March 2011
White Ribbon March 2011 a great success

After last December’s wild wintery weather conditions forced the postponement of the White Ribbon March, now an annual fixture in Stirling’s calendar, it was hoped that rescheduling the event for spring time would allow for better conditions. The date was 10th March rather than 10th December, although a strange mixture of rain, snow, sun and wind suggested that it was still winter out there! This did not perturb the people of Stirling from turning out in their hundreds to take part in the March to raise awareness of violence against women and to demonstrate their support for the White Ribbon Scotland campaign.


Slowly but surely people amassed at the Castle Esplanade. Central Scotland Police Pipe Band once again led the way, closely followed by Stirling’s young people carrying the huge White Ribbon which has become the centerpiece of the procession. As we made our way through the town centre and the late-night shoppers, members of the community joined in by donning white ribbons and marching alongside us.

The group congregated at Stirling’s Old Viewforth buildings for a rally as campaign Ambassadors Councillor Ian Brown and Lord Provost Fergus Wood took turns to thank those that took part and to speak out against violence against women. Their efforts in promoting the March and words of support are greatly appreciated by White Ribbon Scotland, as well as the presence of everyone who took part in the biggest White Ribbon March yet – see the photos below and the tv coverage for evidence!

Traditionally held in December during the 16 Days of Action to Eradicate Violence Against Women, this year the march would be held during the week of the Centenary of International Women’s Day. I had been asked earlier that week how White Ribbon Scotland would be marking International Women’s Day and what would we be celebrating? Whilst we would joining with women and men to celebrate the progress made in working towards gender equality, from the point of view of an anti-violence against women campaign we remain aware of the prevalence of men’s violence against women and of the need to keep tackling social attitudes. The March provides us, and the people of Stirling, with a chance to join together and demonstrate that we remain united in opposing violence against women and those who may condone it. Thanks again to all who took part and we look forward to seeing you next year!

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