Glasgow Kelvin College Student Association have once again been recognised for their hard work in delivering the White Ribbon Scotland Campaign.
At the annual NUS Scotland Conference in Dunblane last week, the Student Association were delighted to carry off the top Award in the Diversity category in recognition of their excellent work supporting and developing the White Ribbon Campaign throughout the College and into the community.
Since becoming the first college to be awarded White Ribbon Status last year, the College has witnessed its Student Association expand and refine their delivery of the pledge message:
“I pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about men’s violence against women in all its forms.”
President, Shaun McLaughlin, and his army of Student Ambassadors have kept the impetus going by ensuring that groups of young students, most especially young men, are engaging with the message. Through presentations and small group discussions they have continued to recruit young people to the campaign to ‘Stop Violence Against Women.’
“The campaign has had a massive impact,”
“It's allowed male students a voice in opposing violence against women. When we're not part of the debate then the fear is that people may think we accept it as a given. But that's not the case. I think many students have been relieved to be able to be part of this. And for others, it's been a bit of a learning curve, recognising the behaviours which are at the milder end of the continuum. We've had to approach it very sensitively.
Our students can not only receive help but also offer that help to others in the wider community. We've still got a lot of work to do but we're determined to keep getting people signing up to the pledge. We’re delighted and honoured to have been recognised in this way.
The Student Ambassadors have worked hard to engage with our fellow students and are keen to developing the campaign further.”
The College is delighted and very proud of the students’ achievement and looks forward to continuing its strong partnership with White Ribbon Scotland and supporting the students to get the message out there.
Congratulations to everyone concerned!