The Wigan Warriors Community Foundation has today (Monday 3 September) launched the ‘Respect Her’ campaign.
The campaign will focus on helping young women and men to stand up, speak out and take action against male violence and promote a culture of equality and respect locally and in the wider community. The campaign seeks to create a more united community where women and men are equals and know how to respect and value themselves.
Wigan Warriors stars Sean O’Loughlin, Willie Isa, Tommy Leuluai and Liam Marshall fronted the campaign which seeks to raise awareness of all forms of abuse and inequality that girls and women are still confronted with today.
Today @WiganWarriorsCF has launched the ‘Respect Her’ campaign.— Wigan Warriors 🍒⚪️ (@WiganWarriorsRL) 3 September 2018
The campaign will focus on helping young women and men to stand up, speak out and take action against male violence and promote a culture of equality and respect. #RespectHer @WhiteRibbon_UK https://t.co/XBlf9VOLAW pic.twitter.com/O0MeIkPzX4
Sean O’Loughlin, Wigan Warriors and England captain: “Wigan Warriors want to send a clear message to our fans, and the wider community, that male violence against women and girls must stop!
“I didn’t know that Wigan has one of the highest rates of domestic abuse in the country, so I think it’s really important that we do what we can to promote a culture of equality and respect in Wigan.
“Our Respect Her campaign aims to raise awareness of violence against women and girls, and to challenge male cultures that lead to harassment, abuse and violence.”
Wigan Warriors Community Foundation’s, Claire Taylor: “The key message of this campaign is one of respect. We want men to have that respect for women and girls and we want to promote the message for women and girls to have respect for themselves. We want this campaign to act as a catalyst for change – to promote a culture of equality and respect locally and in the wider community and raise awareness of the issues still facing women in today’s society and here in the Wigan Borough.
“We will have a calendar of events for our Respect Her campaign to announce and we’re delighted that White Ribbon UK are supporting this Wigan Warriors Community Foundation initiative.”
Chris Green OBE Founder & President of White Ribbon UK: “Men's violence against women has been described by the UN as 'the worst human rights abuse in the world today' and it is happening around us. We need men to be actively challenging abusive attitudes and male violence towards women. Being passively non-violent is not enough. That is why it is great to have Wigan Warriors as Ambassadors and the club as White Ribbon supporters.
“Rugby League is a team game and it takes teamwork to create a more respectful equal society. It’s great to be working together to challenge Male Abuse and violence towards women.”