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White Ribbon Campaign

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Men working to end violence against women

The PFA is supporting the White Ribbon Campaign (WRC), the largest effort in the world of men working to end men's violence against women.

The campaign relies on volunteer support and financial contributions from individuals and organizations.

In 1991, a handful of men in Canada decided they had a responsibility to urge men to speak out against violence against women. They decided that wearing a white ribbon would be a symbol of men's opposition to men's violence against women. After only six weeks preparation, as many as one hundred thousand men across Canada wore a white ribbon. Many others were drawn into discussion and debate on the issue of men's violence. There are now White Ribbon Campaigns operating in many countries around the world.

The UK Branch of WRC was started in 2004.

Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.

Each year, the WRC urge men and boys to wear a ribbon for one or two weeks, starting on November 25, the International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women.

The WRC is an educational organization to encourage reflection and discussion that leads to personal and collective action among men.

Throughout the year, the WRC encourages men:

  • to do educational work in schools, workplaces and communities,
  • to support local women's groups,
  • to raise money for the international educational efforts of the WRC.

The WRC distributes Education and Action kits to schools and maintain a website as well as speaking out on issues of public policy.