NIFL teams up with new charity to tackle violence against women and girls

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Gerard Lawlor with Tahnee McCorry and Vincent McCorry

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The Northern Ireland Football League has announced White Ribbon NI as the league’s new charity partner.

White Ribbon NI has been set up to challenge the attitudes and behaviours which lead to violence against women and girls in Northern Ireland.

It says making the white ribbon pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women is a first step, a catalyst for conversation, encouraging everyone including men and boys, to individually and collectively take action and change behaviour.

White Ribbon NI campaign director Tahnee McCorry said: “The levels of sexual and violent crimes against women continue to rise.  The need for preventative and proactive movement forward cannot be overstated and we look forward to working with the NIFL throughout the year to impact positive change.”

NI Football League Chief Executive Gerard Lawlor said: “Football has a hugely important role to play in society regarding the behaviours towards women and we feel that we want to be on the front foot in tackling these issues.”

“I have made my personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women in all its forms and I want to ensure that the NIFL football family can also make this promise for the future.”

The partnership will see the return of the NIFL Charity Shield match later this year, as well as events and working with NIFL member clubs to educate and inform personnel about their role in changing behaviours.

For more information on White Ribbon NI, visit

NIFL chief Gerard Lawlor with Tahnee McCorry and Vincent McCorry, White Ribbon NI, at the National Football Stadium, Windsor Park

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