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Heriot Watt University Status Project

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Heriot Watt University Status Project

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Heriot-Watt has become Scotland’s first university to achieve White Ribbon status in recognition of its commitment to address gender-based violence.


White Ribbon Scotland is a charity which began in 2010 and seeks to engage men to help end violence against women (VAW) by raising awareness of VAW and what men and boys can do to help end it. Groups, organisations or areas which carry out a project to support this aim are recognised with the award of White Ribbon Status. The Project then continues to ensure an on-going approach to tackling violence against women in this way, recruiting and training volunteers to act as Speakers for the campaign.
People signing White Ribbon Scotland pledges at Heriot Watt University

Heriot Watt University has been a champion of the charity since 2021 and has held multiple awareness-raising events to allow it to gain White Ribbon Status.

In acknowledgement of these activities, White Ribbon Scotland recently presented its award to Professor Mark Biggs, Vice-Principal and Provost at Heriot-Watt, who, in his additional role as Executive Sponsor, is driving the university’s mission to eradicate gender-based violence.

For me, being part of the White Ribbon Campaign in Scotland is an example of Heriot-Watt at its best; taking leadership in creating a fairer, safer, more equitable world.

Professor Mark Biggs

Davy Thompson, Campaign Director for White Ribbon Scotland, presented the award to Heriot-Watt. He said: “White Ribbon Scotland is very pleased to recognise Heriot-Watt University as the first university in Scotland to achieve the award of White Ribbon Status.

“The award recognises the excellent work undertaken to address gender-based violence and to involve more men in addressing male violence against women in particular.

“We look forward to continuing to work with Heriot-Watt University as their local White Ribbon Campaign progresses.”

Make your own White Ribbon Scotland pledge and say, “I pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women in all its forms”.
Get in touch to learn more, or to find out about starting your own White Ribbon Status Project.

Most men do not commit violence against women. But all men have a role in ending it. If we all start by making a pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about men's violence against women in all its forms, that will make a huge difference.

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