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White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon Day is run by White Ribbon, the largest male-led movement to end violence against women. A not-for-profit organisation, White Ribbon aims to prevent men’s violence against women by engaging boys and men to lead social change. White Ribbon Day is held in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which is on the 25th of November every year.

The White Ribbon vision is that all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse. White Ribbon is trying to achieve this with a male-led campaign to change attitude and  behaviour that allows violence against women to occur.

White Ribbon

A simple way to show support for White Ribbon Day (25th Nov)

White Ribbon raise awareness, but also run an Ambassadors programme and prevention initiatives. The Ambassadors programme wants men to be the leaders of the campaign by living the White Ribbon Commitment: never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women. Today, you can show your support by wearing a white ribbon or by signing the White Ribbon pledge (see the link above).

White Ribbon is part of a number of organisations aimed at equality of the sexes and working from the male angle. I have previously blogged about the HeforShe campaign and ManUp. All of these organisations are looking at inequality and violence from men’s point of view. They are treating these issues as men’s problems too as, of course, they are. On the Irish White Ribbon website, it says:

‘The impact of violence against women is widespread and long-standing, generating profound personal, social and economic costs for individuals, communities and the nation.’

Clearly these issues have an impact on everyone, not just women, so it is important that there are campaigns targeting men and using them for social change.

 

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

I know this is a bit of a wordy title but the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is actually a very important day! It has been held every year since 2000 on the 25th November. It is held to remember Patricia Mirabel, Maria Mirabel and Antonia Mirabel who were assassinated on the 25th November 1960 in the Dominican Republic. The Mirabel sisters fought to end the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. The day has been remembered by women’s rights activists since 1981. On the 17th December 1999, the UN officially designated the 25th November to be the (deep breath) International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (phew)!

Women’s rights organizations in different countries take this day as an opportunity to raise awareness of their causes or to push for more government support. Countries all over the world are celebrating this day with events. For more info click here.

P.S You are supporting this important day just by reading this post! Please comment if you know of any events being held to celebrate it.

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