White Ribbon Heart of Gold
“With one voice, as one community, we are speaking out and
working to end violence against women.”
Time for a serious post. I have used this blog to give advice, Share Stories, Complain, and pretty much anything about WoW. If you are a regular reader of multiple blogs you will see this type of post a lot today. We all have had Meaningful women in our lives, Wives, girlfriends, Mother Sisters, friends. Think about how you would feel if they were a victim of Violence committed by a man. A large number of WoW bloggers will be releasing posts about this today, Many already have.
I was raised to never raise a hand to a woman and this is one of the best things they ever taught me.
The following information is from the White Ribbon Campaign Website All the credit goes to them I chose to use information directly off of their site because the wording is much better than what I could even hope to do.
What is the White Ribbon Campaign
The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) is the largest effort
in the world of men working to end violence against women (VAW). In over
fifty-five countries, campaigns are led by both men and women, even though the
focus is on educating men and boys. In some countries it is a general public
education effort focused on ending violence against women.
How did the WRC get
In 1991, a handful of men in Canada decided they had
a responsibility to urge men to speak out about violence against women. Wearing
a white ribbon would be a symbol of men’s opposition to violence against women.
With only six weeks of preparation, 100,000 men across Canada wore a white
ribbon, while many others were drawn into discussion and debate.
What does it mean to wear a white
Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge to
never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and
girls. Wearing a white ribbon is a way of saying, “Our future has no
violence against women.”
- Challenging everyone to speak out, and think about their own beliefs,
language and actions.
- Educating young people, especially young men and boys, on the issue through
the educational resources we produce.
- Raising public awareness of the issue.
- Working in partnership with women’s organizations, the corporate sector, the
media and other partners to create a future with no violence against women.
- Supporting White Ribbon Campaigns around with our experience, resources and
When is the focus of
WRC in Canada runs its campaign from November 25
(the International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women) until
December 6, Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against
Women. Other countries support 16 Days of Action from November 25th until
December 10th but campaigns can occur at any time of the year.
What forms of violence against women (VAW)
The most widespread problems are physical
violence against spouses and girlfriends (from hitting right up to murder) and
sexual violence (usually committed by a boyfriend, husband, trusted adult, or
family member.) There is also emotional abuse — sexual harassment at work or on
the street, stalking, jokes that demean women, and controlling behavior. In some
countries violence occurs in the form of genital mutilation of girls and
trafficking of girls and young women into prostitution.
What about other forms of
Although ending men’s violence against women is our
focus, we are concerned about all forms of violence. We are deeply concerned
about violence against children. We are concerned about violence among boys on
the playground, in the sports arena, in relationships, and in war. And we are
concerned by acts of violence by women against women or against men, although
these are not as extensive nor as frequently lethal as men’s violence against
Unlike violence by some women against men, violence committed by some men
against women has long been socially acceptable and is deeply rooted in beliefs
of men’s superiority and of men’s right to control the lives of “their” women.
Does this mean you think that men are
We do not think that men are naturally violent and we
don’t think that men are bad, however we do think all men have roles and
responsibilities in ending violence against women. The majority of men are not
physically violent. Researchers tell us many past cultures had little or no
At the same time, we do think that some men have learned to express their
anger or insecurity through violence. Far too many men have come to believe that
violence against a woman, child or another man is an acceptable way to control
another person, especially an intimate partner.
By remaining silent about these things, we allow other men to poison our
work, schools and homes.
The good news is that more and more men and boys want to make a difference.
Caring men are tired of the sexism that hurts the women around them. Caring men
are also concerned with the impact of this violence on the lives of men and