What is White Ribbon Day you ask?
White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led Campaign to end men’s violence against women. It incorporates events, campaigns, programs, advocates & ambassadors via innovation and media to draw attention to the issues around men’s violence against women, and creates the conversations and initiatives around supporting this issue and targeting an end to these behaviors within society.
Violence against women is not just an issue within Australia but a global one. The White Ribbon initiative promotes the culture of conversation around this issue and is actually led by men, which opens up the discussion points and among both men and women. It is the largest male led movement to end men’s violence against women and is active in over 60 countries globally.
Some facts around violence against women:
- Violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and illness of women aged 15 to 44 years.
- One in three women experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime.
- Women represent nearly 90% of reported rapes and 76% of reported sexual assaults.
- After financial difficulty, domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness, with women and children still being forced in the majority of cases to flee the family home.
(Courtesy of: http://whv.org.au/what-we-do/violence-against-women)
White Ribbon Australia observes the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day, annually on November 25. White Ribbon Day signals the start of the 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence against Women, which ends on Human Rights Day (December 10). The campaign for White Ribbon Australia this year is called ‘I Swear’ and is around taking an oath and not being afraid to stand up to violence against women.
This is a topic where majority of us either know someone close to us or know of someone who has experienced this in their lives. The conversation and action needs to continue, not just via campaigns but also in our daily lives and actions.
Seek help, offer support and look out for one another!
For more information, to pledge ‘I Swear’ or seek guidance on this area, please visit: http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/