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. The movement started in Canada in 1991, where a handful of men decided they had a responsibility to urge men to speak out about violence against women.
The men participating in the White Ribbon Campaign have taken as their common goal:
- to stop men's violence against women
- to stop accepting men's violence against women
- to stop men's silence about violence against women
The White Ribbon Campaign wants to fight the belief that men are violent by nature, it wants to show the causes and consequences of violence and that masculinity can be implemented without violence.
The White Ribbon Campaign annually arranges a campaign week fighting men's violence against women.
Here's how you can take part:
- Participate in a White Ribbon campaign near you. Check with the organiser (in Finland: Profeministimiehet) when and where the next campaign is and offer your help. See Facebook and Contact information.
- Carry the white ribbon. The white ribbon symbolizes that you want to stop violence against women. You can find instructions on how to make a white ribbon from here. You can also order a White Ribbon pin in metal if you answer our questionnaire correctly.
- Spread the word. You can find ready made flyers from here but you can also make your own. Find slogans for your flyers here.
- Read EU's recommendation on how to stop the violence against women and other texts found here.
- Help to organize action against violence. Find activists near you in the link section.