[ 2007-03-05 17:25 ]
|White Ribbon Day is marked on 25 November each
year and is an opportunity for governments, businesses and community
groups to focus on a problem that affects many people throughout the
Have you heard of "white ribbon" campaign? A white ribbon is not a
badge of purity or perfection . It simply says you
believe that violence against women is unacceptable. Wear a white ribbon
on November 25.
White Ribbon Day is marked on 25 November each year and is an
opportunity for governments, businesses and community groups to focus on a
problem that affects many people throughout the world.
The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest effort in the world of men
working to end men's violence against women, and wearing a white ribbon is
seen as a personal pledge
never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
Violent crimes committed against women and girls - like domestic
violence, sexual assault and people
trafficking - continue to be pervasive around the world.
Violence against women and girls affects everyone in the community. Men's
lives are personally affected if their girlfriends, wives, daughters,
mothers, grandmothers or sisters experience violence or the threat of
A history of the
In 1991, a handful of men in Canada decided that they had a
responsibility to urge men to speak out against violence against women.
They decided that wearing a white ribbon would be a symbol of men's
opposition to men's violence against women.
After only six weeks preparation, as many as one hundred thousand men
across Canada wore a white ribbon. Many others were drawn into discussion
and debate on the issue of men's violence.
Voice of men wearing white
Men wear white
ribbons on November 25 each year because:
We know that a fist in the face, a kick in the ribs, being forced into
sex, and having one's daily life controlled and policed and tormented, are
horrible things that should never happen.
We care for our wives, our
girlfriends, our sisters, daughters, our female friends, our
We know it is men's wives, mothers, sisters, daughters,
and friends whose lives are limited by violence and abuse; and, whether we
know about it or not, many of the women we know have been subject to men's
We know that men don't have to be violent, that men can do
better, that men can be and often are loving, caring, and
We want girls and women, and boys and men, to be free
from the threat of other men's violence.
We know that men will benefit from a world free of violence
against women, a world based on gender equality: in our relations with women,
instead of experiencing distrust and disconnection we will find closeness and
connection. We will be able to take up a healthier, emotionally in-touch and