White Ribbon is an international symbol of activism against domestic and gender-based violence towards women and safe motherhood. Since its founding by men in Canada in 1991 representations of White Ribbon now exist in over 60 countries around the world.
The white ribbon symbolizes a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
Additionally, celebrities such as Salma Hayek, David Beckham, Stella McCartney, Sir Paul McCartney, Harry Styles, Naomi Campbell, Cara Delevingne, Karl Lagerfeld and many other support the cause by wearing a white ribbon.
WHITE RIBBON – A GLOBAL SYMBOL OF MEN’S ACTIVISM
AGAINST VIOLENCE TOWARDS WOMEN
The WHITE RIBBON Global Campaign originating in Canada is the largest movement in the world to involve men in addressing male violence against women and girls. Involving men in the process of fighting systemic violence towards women is becoming a widespread trend throughout the world. In 2009, the UN Secretary-General established an international network of male leaders who are opposed against violence towards women, including the Spanish Prime Minister José Zapatero, the former Chilean President Ricardo Lagos, writer Paolo Coelho and others. Additionally, celebrities such as Sir Paul McCartney, David Beckham, Andriy Shevchenko, Harry Styles, Karl Lagerfeld and many others also support the cause by wearing a white ribbon.
Equal rights and opportunities could not be achieved without men. Active involvement of boys and men in the equal rights movement leads to:
– A safer environment, particularly for children;
– Economic and social benefits;
– state’s strategic focus on violence prevention and thus joining global trends;
– Improving the situation with violence and sexual abuse;
– Changing the destructive norms of masculinity and patriarchy;
– Promoting equal parenting.