Havant firefighters offer support to women

AWARENESS The giant white ribbon at Havant fire station
AWARENESS The giant white ribbon at Havant fire station
From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
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A FIRE engine in Havant was wrapped in a huge white ribbon to mark the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Staff from Southern Domestic Abuse Service joined firefighters and police officers at Havant fire station to send out a message that violence against women should not be tolerated.

Women’s activists have marked November 25 as a day against violence since 1981.

The date commemorates the brutal assassination of the three Mirabal sisters – political activists in the Dominican Republic – on the orders of dictator Rafael Trujillo in 1960.

Claire Chatwin, managing director at Southern Domestic Abuse Service, said: ‘Men and women should be empowered to discuss the issues of violence, exploitation, and abuse.

‘We can, and must, create an environment where gender-based violence is unacceptable.

‘It is important for society to have positive male role models and for men to actively condemn violence against women.’