The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest global effort of men working to end male violence against women. We aim to educate and raise awareness of violence against women, and to engage men in these issues.
Wearing a White Ribbon is a personal Pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. Each year we urge as many as possible to wear a white ribbon for one week. starting on 25th November, the International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women.
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We are offering a huge discount on our merchandise. We are in the process of redesigning our website and merchandise, both being launched in June, so we are mounting a major sale of our current stock at HALF PRICE until April. (Browse and buy our stock online here or contact us directly to make an order).
This is an ideal chance to promote the campaign as part of another national event, such as International Women’s Day (8 March) Mothers’ Day (26 March) or Child Safety Week (5–11 June). If we can support you in any way as you promote this vital cause, just let us know.
We love working with local authorities to raise awareness and challenge negative attitudes, and we’re full of ideas about how you can do it.
Whatever you do, be sure to let us know. You can tweet us at @menantiviolence, email us at email@example.com or give us a good old-fashioned phone call on 01422 886545.
Thank you for your continued support of our campaign; we couldn’t do this without you.
White Ribbon Team
New Accreditation - Oasis Academy Lister Park
We were delighted to present Oasis Academy Lister Park in Bradford, with the White Ribbon Accreditation plaque. The first Academy to be accredited in the North of England.
Our founder Chris Green OBE was in attendance, as well as our Sports Campaign Manager, Ikram Butt.
Rev. Steve Chalk, the founder of Oasis, commented, "I am delighted that Oasis Lister Park is contributing to the vital work of raising awareness of and eradicating violence against women & girls."
We are very excited that Oasis UK and Oasis Community Learning are pioneering our work in Bradford, creating a safer environment for women & girls in schools. We hope our work with Lister Park can be replicated over their other academies across the UK.
Sounds Familiar? New Report by The Fawcett Society Released
Leading gender equality charity, The Fawcett Society, has produced a new analysis which reveals disturbingly high levels of hostility towards women. The findings are published in the Fawcett Society’s new report, Sounds Familiar, bringing together qualitative data from interviews and focus groups with young women and includes a new analysis of major national survey data of over 8,000 people.
The survey finds that almost 1 in 5 (18%) men aged 25-34 and 14% of men aged 18-24 say that they “do not want the women in my life to have equality of opportunity with men”. They think that they will be worse off as a result. In fact, 20% of men aged 25-34 say women’s equality has “gone too far”.
White Ribbon Campaign is in full support of Fawcett's important research and we are excited to be part of the ongoing conversation about how to tackle this widespread problem. CEO David Bartlett was invited to comment in response to a debate that took place about the report on Sky News:
"This new research confirms what we already knew – that many young men are not clear about how to behave respectfully to women, and what sexual consent means. This leads to massive problems of harassment and violence that women face on a daily basis. The starting point has to be: no-one has the right to harass, abuse or threaten another person. It does not matter how drunk you are, or how short your skirt is. Violence is not okay, and the victim is never to blame."
He also pointed out that this report is important because it gets us talking and thinking. "Sexual relationships are complicated, and it is really important for men and women to have opportunities to explore what they think, and how to develop respectful and safe relationships. It is also important to be able to look at the negative impact of the increasing sexualisation of young women’s (and to some extent young men’s) lives, without buying into the idea that women are to blame for this."
Do you have thoughts on this report, or about gender equality in general? Join the conversation on Twitter.
Most men are not violent towards women, but many of us ignore the problem, or see it as something which doesn't have anything to do with us. We need to join women and women's organisations in taking action to end the problem.
Take a stand against violence now and sign our personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about men's violence against women.
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“I feel passionately that men need to be involved in ‘calling out’ threats, intimidation and violence by men on women and girls wherever we see it. It’s important for men to be part of the conversation about what’s not acceptable in relationships, in a bar, on the street, in the workplace or online.”
In an inspiring blog post, family lawyer Adam Moghadas, explains why he is an Ambassador for White Ribbon UK.
We were lucky enough to have Professor Michael Flood as one of our speakers at our second All Party Parliamentary Group, and to have him facilitate a workshop on building partnerships in engaging men in gender equality. Michael is a world renowned researcher on engaging men in violence prevention, and his visits to the UK are rare. We were also really excited to have Sam Smethers speaking - a strong advocate for engaging men in gender equality initiatives, and CEO of the Fa
Around 85% of forced marriage victims are women in the UK.