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SNP MSP Bob Doris is spearheading a campaign which will see 15 bookmaker shops across Glasgow’s Maryhill and Springburn sign up for the White Ribbon Campaign to help towards eradicating gender based violence.

The MSP will meet with key partners ahead of a street campaign launch on Saturday 4 August outside Tesco on Maryhill Road, Glasgow, marking the beginning of the constituency week of Action that will run across all 15 stores until Saturday 11th August 2018.

The participating William Hill and Ladbrokes Coral shops will ask men who enter their stores to sign the White Ribbon Scotland pledge to 'never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women in all its forms.'

Bob Doris developed this campaign across his constituency after being inspired by local initiatives to end gender based violence, including the Glasgow North West Women’s Centre during an event to support the UN’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence Campaign. He has also been hugely impressed by Springburn based Glasgow Kelvin College who became White Ribbon Scotland accredited.

SNP MSP Bob Doris said:

“Last year during a debate in the Scottish Parliament on gender based violence I pledged to do more than simply make a speech to praise the work of others in tackling this hugely important issue.

“Having been inspired by both the Glasgow North West Women’s Centre and Glasgow Kelvin College in my constituency, I wanted to do my bit.

“It is crucial that all men, the majority of whom would never dream of perpetrating gender based violence, take a vocal stand against those who do. In doing so, we don’t just reinforce the unacceptable nature of violence against women and girls, but we hopefully also create male role models to inspire others.

“As a means of developing a valuable conversation about gender violence across the constituency, I am pleased that William Hill and Ladbrokes staff across the constituency have at least one trained White Ribbon ambassador in-store who will spark discussion with customers and colleagues alike; encouraging them to sign the White Ribbon pledge.

“My heartfelt thanks go to the store ambassadors for giving up their time to attend training workshops and for all the staff in the stores who will support this campaign. White Ribbon Scotland and ABB Scotland have also been a fantastic support - and I’d also like to thank Glasgow Kelvin College in Springburn for hosting the training days.

“I would ask men across Maryhill and Springburn to look out for the campaign and to sign the pledge: 'never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women in all its forms’.

Donald Morrison from Industry trade body ABB Scotland (whose members include Ladbrokes Coral and William Hill) said:

“We are delighted that so many of our staff have taken part in the training sessions run by White Ribbon Scotland and are now actively supporting this important campaign.

“Betting shop staff know the people who live and work in their community extremely well and will work hard to encourage their customers to take a stand against domestic abuse by signing the White Ribbon pledge.

Davy Thompson, Campaign Director of White Ribbon Scotland said:

“White Ribbon Scotland is delighted to be supported by Bob Doris MSP and the Association of British Bookmakers in a new initiative to prevent male violence against women by extending our campaign through local Bookmaker shops across the constituency of Maryhill and Springburn.

“If we are to create lasting change in male attitudes and behaviour we need the help of men who do not commit violence against women by having them speak out about their opposition to it.

Sandra Martin, Business Development Leader, North West Women’s Centre stated:

“The Women’s Centre Glasgow are pleased to be working with Bob Doris MSP, William Hill and Ladbrokes Coral on raising awareness for the White Ribbon Campaign to end male violence against women.

Arlene Sweeney, Learner Engagement Officer, Glasgow Kelvin College commented:

“We are delighted to be supporting Bob Doris in spreading the message of the White Ribbon Campaign through the bookmakers within his constituency. We understand the importance of the campaign and how we can engage men in the local community.

Notes:

Campaign launch will commence at 9:30am on Saturday outside Tesco on Maryhill Road (on the corner of Shakespeare Street). A street stall providing merchandise and bookmaker ambassadors encouraging members of the public to sign the White Ribbon pledge will be present until 10:30am.

Bob’s speech in the Scottish Parliament: (1h 40m: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE08J0YI4mc)

Link to official report and extract from Bob Doris MSP’s speech:28 November 2017, Equally Safe Debate in Scottish Parliament: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=11231&i=102316

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