Speakers are people on the ground, attending and delivering events/activities. They are also there to start informal conversations about ways that men can help eradicate violence against women and girls with their peers.
Types of activities Speakers may be involved in:
- set up a panel discussion;
- invite a guest speaker to talk;
- give a talk themselves;
- start conversations with their peers about preventing and eradicating violence against women and how to be an active bystander;
- host a stall;
- arrange for a film to be shown about violence against women;
- organise a fundraising event for a local women’s charity;
- invite local or campus celebrities to endorse the campaign and take part in public promotion.
Speakers are encouraged to collaborate on campus, they also have access to the wider Forth Valley network of Speakers via an app should they wish to collaborate with those outside of the University.
Frequency of events/activities
There is no specified requirement on the number of events or activities a Speaker should host per year. Informal conversations could be happening multiple times a day and some larger activities may be more resource-heavy to plan.
However, to maintain the momentum of the White Ribbon Scotland campaign we would like to see each Speaker involved in one University-related event or activity per semester. This could be Speakers working collaboratively together.
Speakers can be of any gender but due to the target of the campaign men are more actively encouraged to take on this role. A commitment to raising awareness about violence against women is essential.
- Public speaking - training is provided but some confidence in this area would be beneficial.
- Proactive attitude and ability to self-motivate.
Training for Speakers
Duration: one day (can be split into two days, one module per day).
Delivery: online or in person.
- introductory session on understanding the gender analysis of violence against women;
- key facts and figures relating to violence against women;
- bystander theory;
- public speaking support.
After the training, each speaker is also provided with:
- access to all content covered;
- continued support from White Ribbon Scotland;
- a personal log-in for the online speaker forum, to collaborate with other Speakers in Forth Valley.
Support for Speakers
White Ribbon Scotland can provide ongoing support for Speakers. Champions across the University may also be able to provide limited support. Speakers will also have access to an app where they can talk to other Speakers in the area.