Women’s Aid ABCLN and White Ribbon Champions – One Year On

1 November, 2009

Women’s Aid in Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey reunited with the original ‘White Ribbon Champions’ to reflect on how they have honoured their pledge from December 2008,

‘never to commit, condone or stay silent about violence against women’.   

WA meet Minister

For the past year, Women’s Aid ABCLN have been gathering signatures from across the 5 areas, and on Monday 30th November, NIO Security Minister Paul Goggins, accepted the thousands of signatures from Women’s Aid Area Manager, Rosemary Magill.   

Among the signatures were 108 from every MLA elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly – according to Speaker William Hay, the first time he could recall all MLAs uniting unanimously behind a cause.   

Also reflecting on the past year’s action taken on violence against women, were Chief Superintendent Alan McCrum,PSNI, Mervyn Storey MLA, Karen Weir from the Public Prosecution Service and Stephen Compton, Chairperson of Action on Elder Abuse.   

Rosemary Magill, of Women’s Aid explained what the evening was about:  

We’re handing over these signatures tonight to Paul Goggins, as an indication of the depth of feeling that exists for action to be taken at the highest level on violence against women.  This campaign is not over.  All signatories have made a personal commitment on behalf of the thousands of women and children who live with abuse and violence in their homes.  In the words of Winston Churchill – ‘This is not the end.  It is not even the beginning of the end.  But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning’ 

Women’s Aid ABCLN have also launched their White Ribbon Campaign on facebook, where supporters can also pledge to support action being taken on violence against women.   




1. Women’s Aid (Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey (ABCLN) is an organisation which provides support, information, advice and where necessary accommodation, for women who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence.  

2. The 24-Hour Free-phone Domestic Violence Helpline 0800 917 1414 is available to all victims of domestic violence.    

3. Every year, from 25th November (International Day on the Elimination of Violence Against Women) until 10th December (International Human Rights Day) Women’s Aid ABCLN takes part in the 16 Days of Action on Violence Against Women.  

4. The White Ribbon Campaign is an international campaign, started by men in response to other men’s violence against women.  Further details can be found here: http://www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/ 

5. For further details, please ring Lindsay Whitcroft on (028) 2563 2136 or 07599 311 355.