A march is being held in Penn on Monday (3 December, 2018) in support of this year's Orange Wolverhampton safeguarding campaign to end gender based violence.

The 3 and a half mile walk, from the Mount Tavern on Penn Road to the Holly Bush Inn and back, is being organised by Penn councillors Celia Hibbert and Martin Waite, Sara Foster from the Mercure Hotel on Penn Road and Gurbax Kaur from Positive Participation.

It takes place on Monday and is open to all - to get involved, please meet at the Mount Tavern car park at 2.30pm. Refreshments will be served after the walk, which is expected to take about an hour.

Councillor Hibbert said: "The Orange Wolverhampton campaign is crucial because women and girls are still subject to unspeakable level of violence here in UK, and even more so in developing countries.

"As a female born and raised in Africa, I've seen first hand the brutal consequences of violence against females.

"We in the Penn community will be undertaking a walk to help raise this awareness and we urge everyone who can to join us on Monday as we say 'No' to violence against women and girls."

The walk is one of a wide range of social events and activities being held around the city this year in support of this year's Orange Wolverhampton campaign, which continues until 10 December and is championed and run by Wolverhampton Safeguarding Boards, the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership and Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum.

By helping Orange Wolverhampton, people will not only raise awareness of gender based violence - violence primarily committed against women and girls, including domestic abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, so called 'honour based' violence and sexual violence - but also the help and support that is available to victims.

To find out more about the Orange Wolverhampton campaign, please visit Type=links;Linkid=10998;Title=OrangeWolves;Target=_blank; or follow it on Twitter at Type=links;Linkid=9893;Title=WVsafeguarding;Target=_blank; using the hashtag #OrangeWolves, or Type=links;Linkid=7295;Title=Facebook;Target=_blank;.  

Anyone suffering from domestic violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, so called 'honour based' violence or sexual violence, or knows someone who is, should call the relevant helpline:

  • The Haven Wolverhampton 24-hour helpline for women - 08000 194400
  • St George's Hub support for male victims - 01902 421904
  • National Domestic Violence helpline for women - 0808 2000 247
  • National Domestic Violence helpline for men - 0808 8010327
  • NSPCC FGM helpline - 0800 028 3550
  • Karma Nirvana helpline for victims of so-called 'honour-based' violence and forced marriage - 0800 5999 247
  • Wolverhampton Adults Social Care - 01902 551199
  • Wolverhampton Children's Social Care - 01902 555392

In an emergency, always call police on 999.

  • released: Friday 30 November, 2018