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
How did the WRC get started?
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 ribbon?
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.”
What is the goal of the WRC? How is this accomplished?
The main goal of WRC is ending violence against women in all its forms. We accomplish
this in five ways:
Challenging everyone to speak out, and think about their own beliefs, language
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 the world with our experience, resources
Please encourage the men of these groups to continue to do the great things that
they are doing.
Director of Student Leadership and Gender Resources