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Launch of Welsh Government VAWDASV National Advisers’ Annual plan on White Ribbon Day

Wednesday November 25th, 2020

Yesterday, on White Ribbon Day, Wales’ National Advisers on violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence (VAWDASV) release their annual plan detailing their objectives and priorities for the financial year commencing 1 April 2021.

The UK-wide White Ribbon campaign aims to raise awareness of male violence towards women.

The white ribbon symbol represents the conviction that abuse, no matter what form it takes, is unacceptable. This year, the message is more important than ever with a significant increase in violence, harassment and abuse towards women during the coronavirus pandemic.

On White Ribbon Day, thousands of ambassadors stand up, speak out and say no to violence against women.

Nazir Afzal, a former chief prosecutor who took a lead role in the Rochdale sex trafficking prosecution case, and Yasmin Khan, founder of a charity tackling honour-based violence, have been the Welsh Government’s National Advisers since January 2018.

Yasmin and Nazir advise the Welsh Government on how most effectively to implement the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015. They also work with victims and survivors and with partner organisations to shape and inform improvements in the way services are planned, commissioned and delivered.

Their annual plan sets out objectives and priorities for 2021 to 2022. It also reflects on the challenges being faced, and the action needed, across Wales.

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