International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

// 25 November 2010

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Today is the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Men can wear a white ribbon to express solidarity with this cause. I’m borrowing from something written last year for Netball Australia:

What the White Ribbon Represents

  • Wearing a White Ribbon is not a badge of purity or a badge of perfection. It does not mean that the wearer has perfect relationships.
  • It means that this man believes that violence towards women is unacceptable.
  • It is a visible sign that the wearer does not support or condone the use of violence against women.
  • Everyone can show their commitment to ending violence against women by wearing a white ribbon.
  • Proceeds from purchasing a White Ribbon go towards changing community attitudes through high impact awareness campaigns.

See also the White Ribbon Campaign UK.

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