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Denmark national team give red card to violence against women

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Denmark national team, joined with the Minister for Equality Lykke Friis, on Friday launched the "Give violence against women the red card" campaign.

Daniel Agger in the 'Give violence against women the red card' campaign
Daniel Agger in the 'Give violence against women the red card' campaign

Photo: Facebook

On the pitch there are clear rules. How should it be in homes. Therefore the campaign that has Simon Kjær, Daniel Agger and Thomas Sørensen as front figures urges everyone to reject violence against women.

"It's not that the subject of violence against women is so taboo that we are not talking about it and there is no backlash," said defender Kjær.

"In football, there are clear rules. It is also needed in homes. Therefore we urge all Danes to give violence against women, the red card."

28,000 Danish women are annually subjected to violence by their current or former partner.

National team's captain Agger added: "21,000 children grow up in homes where their mother is being abused. We hope to say stop to violence against women."

Every year there are approximately 2,000 women who have come so much harm because of violence that they have to seek emergency help.

Yet research shows that the figure is just the tip of the iceberg. Many women try to hide what they experience.

"It surprised me that there are so many women in Denmark who, every day, live in fear of getting hit. It is not okay," said goalkeeper Sørensen.

"As footballers, we call for fair play in all aspects of life."

The campaign is a collaboration between the Department of Gender, Denmark national team and league clubs Aarhus, Silkeborg and Lyngby.

It has also established a Facebook page where people can help spread the message and participate in competitions for football tickets and team merchandise.

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