White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon Day Quick Facts

2023 Date25 November 2023
2024 Date25 November 2024
White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon Day History

White Ribbon Day is seeks to end male violence against women and girls. The campaign, symbolised by a white ribbon, promotes a culture of respect, gender equality, and healthy relationships. White Ribbon Day encourages men to take a stand against such violent behaviour and provides support for educational initiatives aimed at reducing gender-based violence in the society.

Although the campaign is internationally recognised, White Ribbon Day finds unique relevancy in the United Kingdom. The campaign was first introduced in Canada in 1991 after the brutal killing of 14 women in a mass shooting at the École Polytechnique institute in Montreal. In the UK, domestic violence remains an ongoing concern that affects more than 1.9 million people annually, with women being disproportionately targeted. This campaign plays a significant role in raising awareness and fostering active engagement, particularly with men and boys, to tackle this widespread issue.

In the United Kingdom, White Ribbon Day is observed through various events, including walks, film screenings, and discussions that highlight the problem of violence against women. These events aim to inspire individuals and organisations to pledge their commitment to promoting respect and equality, as well as raising funds to support future educational and awareness initiatives. While the official international date for White Ribbon Day is November 25th, events and activities may take place throughout the year, emphasising the importance of addressing this issue not only on a single day but as an ongoing endeavour.

White Ribbon Day Facts

  • The theme for White Ribbon Day in 2022 was Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls.
  • According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, in 2022, more than 1.8 million women reported experiencing domestic abuse.
  • According to End Violence Against Women, in 2022, more that 150 women were killed by their abusers.

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