Taking a Stand against Male Violence


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A local Senedd member is urging people and groups across Pembrokeshire to come together to take a stand on violence against women. 

Joyce Watson is working with local groups to arrange an event in Haverfordwest town centre at 6pm on Saturday 26 November,

A candlelight vigil will walk through the town centre to remember the victims of domestic violence, then hear from a range of speakers in the HaverHub, Quay Street.

Watson said: “I hope people will come together to take a stand on violence against women. This will be the first gathering of its sort in Haverfordwest, and I hope it will become an annual event.

“Sadly, violence against women still affects too many people and impacts too many families. Coming together like this shows support for those suffering violence, remembers victims, and will help to change attitudes and behaviour for the future.

“Around White Ribbon Day (25 November) people join in the simple promise, to ‘never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women’. I urge you all to embrace this pledge and join me in speaking out for those denied a voice.”

The Haverfordwest vigil will be attended by Dyfed Powys Police, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, the WI, Soroptimists, Action for Children, and many more organisations and individuals. All are welcome to attend.

Joyce Watson wants Pembrokeshire to come together to take a stand on violence against women


Haverfordwest Not in my Name Candlelight Vigil (Draft agenda for guidance – subject to change)

Saturday 26 November 2022

5.30pm                              Organisations leaving materials to set up on the tables at Old Sorting Room, HaverHub,12 Quay Street, Haverfordwest

5.30-7.30pm                    HaverHub available for those with mobility issues and in case of bad weather

5.50pm onwards                Gather at Castle Lake car park

6pm                                   Short walk with lit candles to Castle Square for a minute’s silence. Walk to

6.10pm                              HaverHub for short speeches in Old Sorting Office. Speeches to include:

                                           Joyce Watson MS (Chair)

                                           Women’s Institute

                                           Dyfed Powys Police with Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service

                                           A survivor’s story

                                           Male ambassador

                                           Youth perspective

7.30pm end                 Networking and refreshments (£2 a cup)

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