MEN and women are to unite in a unique event calling for an end to violence against women.
Portsmouth’s White Ribbon Group is set to hold the ‘Join me on the Bridge’ event from 6pm to 7pm tonight at the bridge of City Quay in Gunwharf Quays in celebration of International Women’s Day.
People taking part will be asked to link hands to build a symbolic bridge to peace.
They will also be invited to write the names of women they admire on to strands of white ribbon which will be tied to the bridge.
Domestic violence survivor and chairwoman of the Portsmouth branch of the White Ribbon group, Kirsty Mellor, said: ‘What’s so unique about White Ribbon is that when you recognise that men are part of the problem of violence against women, you know that men also have to be part of the solution.
‘This is going to be a very special event for us.’
Those taking part in the event are invited to wear green – the signature colour of Portsmouth’s White Ribbon Group.
Kirsty Dillon, chairwoman of the White Ribbon group and star of TV show Midsomer Murders, said: ‘I’m a born and bred Pompey girl and I’m really looking forward to seeing Portsmouth’s fantastic community spirit on show.’
The event comes after figures revealed police received 9,148 reports of domestic violence in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight last year.