Football event to tackle violence

A football tournament hosted by Musselburgh Windsor is to take place this weekend to highlight issues surrounding violence against women.

The White Ribbon Youth Football Cup event takes place on Sunday at 11am and will feature teams East Lothian v Midlothian.

Recent research shows a link between Old Firm games and a spike in reported incidents of domestic abuse.

The football match has been arranged to highlight these issues and to help promote men’s involvement in reducing violence against women, tackling sexism and promoting gender equality.

The event is a partnership event between East and Midlothian Violence Against Women Partnership and the White Ribbon Scotland Campaign, supported by Comic Relief.

Councillor Catherine Johnstone (SNP), cabinet member for health and social care, said: “Violence against women is a terrible crime which should never be tolerated in our society. We hope this event will serve as a reminder to reduce violence, tackle sexism and promote gender equality both in Midlothian and further afield.”

Callum Hendry, Campaign Co-Ordinator, White Ribbon Scotland Campaign, said: “The national passion for football can be filtered towards passion for equality and ending violence and that is what we aim to achieve.”