U21s sign the White Ribbon Promise

Wolves are showing their commitment to ending male violence against women and girls across the weekend by marking White Ribbon Day.

On Saturday 25th November, White Ribbon Day will see the world unite to spread the hugely important message, and as Wolves prepare to face Fulham on Monday night, the club will be playing their part.

A white ribbon will be worn internationally to support the fight against male violence on women and girls and at Craven Cottage on Monday evening head coach Gary O’Neil and his staff will join the cause.

Conversations have already started away from the first-team, however. Wolves recently held a workshop on domestic violence for the club’s under-21 players. Dr Lyndsey Harris, an associate professor of criminology from the University of Lincoln, delivered the session which included an interactive quiz, where the players explored the alarming statistics related to male violence against women.

It provided a thought-provoking session, which culminated in the signing of the White Ribbon Promise, signalling a commitment to never use, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women. 

Dr Harris’ research expertise centres on improving services and safety for women, as she is the founding director of the University of Lincoln’s health, wellbeing and justice evaluation unit, so she was well-positioned to speak to Wolves’ young players. 

Present at the session was head of player care at Wolves, Lisa Hollis, who said: “It was great to have such an expert in Lyndsey present to our young people. Her infectious enthusiasm and knowledge on such an important topic was invaluable.

“The players showed genuine interest and commitment to being allies in this space, both in their football lives but also their personal ones. I was delighted to see how keen they all were to sign the White Ribbon Pledge, showing commitment to ending violence against women and girls.”

White Ribbon UK are asking men to #ChangeTheStory for women and girls so that they may live their lives free from the fear of violence.

Dr Harris said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the impact of men’s violence against women. Encouraging men to be allies and to speak out is important as it moves the onus away from women having to keep themselves safe. This can be done by challenging some behaviours and words that may, on the face of it, seem ‘harmless’ but normalising them ignores the short- and long-term effects on women and can lead to more extreme violence.

“As chair of Wolves Equality Advisory Group, it was brilliant to see the under-21 squad engage so well with the session and commit to gender equality, acknowledging that in both football and wider society women should be safe in their daily lives.”