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Bishop of Chelmsford: “Help end men’s violence against women”

21st Nov 2014

Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, is urging men to support White Ribbon Day and help end violence against women.

Anglican churches around the world are joining together in a campaign to mark White Ribbon Day next Tuesday November 25.

White Ribbon Day will be followed by 16 days of activism for the elimination of violence against women.

"A woman is more likely to be sexually assaulted than she is to get breast cancer," said Bishop Stephen.

"This is a terrible scandal.

"I am encouraging men to go on the White Ribbon website and make a personal pledge not to commit, condone or remain silent about men's violence against women in all its forms.

"By wearing our white ribbons proudly we will draw attention to this issue and help end a violence that is too easily overlooked and rarely discussed."

More information

White Ribbon Day is an annual event on November 25.

The website address is

The General Synod of the Church of England recently adopted a motion on gender-based violence which Chelmsford Diocese will be debating at its Synod next year.

Bishop Stephen represented the Archbishop of Canterbury at the Anglican Consultative Council in 2012 when the Anglican churches of the world resolved to make ending violence against women a global priority.​