Footballers stand up and say No to domestic violence

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Footballers stand up and say No to domestic violenceAs part of a project co-financed though the European Social Fund, entitled Dignity for Domestic Violence Survivors” ESF 3.43 – to raise awareness on domestic violence, the Commission on Domestic Violence has teamed up with the Malta Football Association to mark the international White Ribbon Campaign. This White Ribbon Campaign, part of a Global initiative, offers men the chance to be part of the solution to end violence against women and is led by the Commission on Domestic Violence.

Players for the popular football teams, Valletta FC and Hamrun Spartans took to the field yesterday wearing white ribbons for the duration of the game to show their support for this worthy cause. Just before the match the footballers also held up white placards in full visibility of all the supporters with the message – No To Domestic Violence – to show their support. The message they sent out was clear – men should take more responsibility for reducing the level of violence against women.

Chairperson of the Commission on Domestic Violence, Mrs Joanna Xuereb said, “Working with Malta football Association has given us a valuable opportunity to get this crucial message out to a large number of people. Domestic Violence is an unacceptable and cowardly crime that cuts across all sections of society, often behind closed doors.”

Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women or girls. We hope that this collaboration with the Malta Football Association sends out a very clear message that men are just as keen to see an end towards violence against women.”

MFA CEO Bjorn Vassallo emphasised, “The Malta Football Association always insists that any form of violence is an obstacle in the development of an inclusive and active society so the opportunity to wear a white ribbon during such a popular game allowed the MFA to show its support to the Commission on Domestic Violence and sends out the message that men are just as keen to see an end towards violence against women.”

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