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White Ribbon Day 2018

November 25, 2018

In 1991, a handful of men in Canada decided 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. There are now White Ribbon Campaigns operating in many countries around the world.

The UK Branch of WRC was started in 2004.

What does it mean to wear a white ribbon?

Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.

Each year, we urge men and boys to wear a ribbon for one or two weeks, starting on November 25, the International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women

What are the goals of the WRC and how do volunteers accomplish these objectives?

We are an educational organization to encourage reflection and discussion that leads to personal and collective action among men.

Throughout the year, we encourage men

to do educational work in schools, workplaces and communities,

to support local women’s groups,

to raise money for the international educational efforts of the WRC.

We distribute Education and Action kits to schools and we maintain a website. We speak out on issues of public policy.

What happens during White Ribbon Week?

We urge men and boys to wear a ribbon, including one on their coat so the ribbon will be visible while they’re outdoors. We encourage men to talk in schools, workplaces, and places of worship about the problem of violence .

Does the White Ribbon Campaign exist only during White Ribbon Week?

Just as men’s violence against women is a year-round problem, our work requires a year-round effort. We distribute to schools educational kits that can be used throughout the year.

Some local groups organize events around Father’s Day to talk about positive roles for men, about the importance of men being care givers and nurturers. Some groups organize Valentine’s Day dances to spread a message about building healthy relationships.