White Ribbon Day takes place every November as part of the United Nations’ annual 16-day campaign against gender-based violence. Here is everything you need to know about the awareness campaign
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an annual United Nations international campaign that runs from November 25th to December 10th. The White Ribbon Day marks the beginning of this.
Run by charity White Ribbon UK, the global movement is committed to ending male violence against women by raising awareness, educating boys and men, and encouraging people to come together to end it .
Each year the event focuses on a specific theme or message, and this year it’s #AllMenCan, which launched in March this year after the Sarah Everard assault and murder brought to light the experiences of many women who Experienced violence or threat from men.
What is White Ribbon Day and why was it launched?
According to the White Ribbon Day website, the campaign aims to “spread the message that violence by men against women and girls must end” and that “all men can make a difference”.
The event calls on people in communities, organizations and the workplace to take collective action and say “no” to violence against women.
It encourages men to take a stand with the message: “We want as many men as possible to approach the end of the year and think and do well the White Ribbon promise never to commit, excuse or keep silent about male violence against women . ”
When did the White Ribbon Day campaign start and how is it labeled?
The origin of White Ribbon Day goes back to December 1989, after the 25-year-old Marc Lépine at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, killed 14 women as a Montreal massacre because of his hatred of women.
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The White Ribbon Campaign was founded in 1991 by a group of pro-feminist men who have since campaigned against problems of violence by educating and mentoring young men.
The campaign is active in over 60 countries around the world, including Canada, Australia, Pakistan, Italy and the UK white ribbons as a symbol of their resistance to violence against women.
How can you get involved in the White Ribbon Day campaign?
In addition to wearing the white ribbon as a sign of support for the campaign, there are several ways to get involved.
In addition to buying t-shirts and other items to help support the cause, you can also get awareness of the campaign on #WhiteRibbon #AllMenCan #MakeThePromise on social media.
You can also download resources from the White Ribbon website and download the White ribbon promise poster to stand by the cause.