The White Ribbon Campaign is the first male-led campaign to end violence against women in the world. We encourage men to take a stand and say that violence, in any form, is never acceptable. White Ribbon Day will be observed with a walk in Shepparton.
In 1991, on the second anniversary of the massacre of 14 women by a lone gunman in Montreal, Canada, a handful of Canadian men initiated a White Ribbon campaign to urge men to speak out against violence against women. Wearing a white ribbon, particularly in the weeks leading up to the anniversary of the women’s deaths, represented men’s public pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women. That first effort achieved the distribution of 100,000 white ribbons to men across Canada, and promoted widespread community discussion about violence in personal relationships.
The White Ribbon Campaign has spread to countries on every continent, and commences each year on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
In December 1999, the 54th session of the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 54/134 declaring November 25 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Shepparton Interfaith Network and its member faith communities all support White Ribbon Day and the cessation of violence in any form against any woman, anywhere.
Why wear a white ribbon?
Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge that the wearer does not excuse violence against women, and is committed to supporting community action.
White Ribbon Walk in Shepparton
Show your support on Monday 25 November and join in the White Ribbon Day Walk. 12:00 Meet at the north end of Maude St Mall, Shepparton, and walk to Queens Gardens. 12:30 Queens Gardens – free hallal bbq, White Ribbon Day information, Community Oath.