White Ribbon Day

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White Ribbon Day, 25 November, is the international day when people wear a white ribbon to show that they do not condone violence towards women.

It was started by a men’s movement in Canada in 1991 and has been officially adopted by the United Nations as its International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The campaign was introduced to New Zealand by UNIFEM (the United Nations Development Fund for Women).

In this country most violence by men against women takes place in the home – with an average of 14 women a year killed by their partners or ex-partners. Each year there are over 3,500 convictions recorded against men for assaults on women and one in five women will experience sexual assault or sexual interference at some point in their lives.

White Ribbon Day celebrates the many men willing to show leadership and commitment to promoting safe, healthy relationships within families and encourages men to challenge each other on attitudes and behaviour that are abusive.

 – whiteribbon.org.nz

Ideas for Workplaces:

To recognise this event…

The White Ribbon Trust has put together a list of ways organisations can take part in this important campaign:

– Lighting up one of your buildings at night on the 25th of November

– Putting out a media release that supports the key messages of the campaign

– Sharing in your media channels a violence prevention story from one of the many organisations or individuals that undertake violence prevention

– Encouraging staff and the public to wear white ribbons this White Ribbon Day (Thursday 25th November)

– Meeting with the White Ribbon Riders (3 Rides across NZ) as riders hear stories of change from communities

– Organising events highlighting the issue, if you would like a White Ribbon Ambassador to speak please get in touch

– Delivering stories of change to our MPs on Parliament steps on White Ribbon Day

 

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