White Ribbon Day
Raising awareness of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
From this date, until the 10th December, we encourage everyone –
Female and male adults and children –
To participate in the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. This period is a time to spur action to end violence against women and girls around the world. There are already some fantastic events running all across the UK.
Please contact your local council to find out what’s happening in your area.
White Ribbon Day
Was inspired by The White Ribbon Pledge lead by men who campaign to stop domestic violence against women.
Both men and Women can take a share of the responsibility in putting an end to it. Clearly, many are committed to doing so.
Domestic violence statistics show that 70% of incidents result in injury and that on average, two women in England and Wales are killed by a partner every week.
How Common is Domestic Violence?
On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person.
But what does wearing a white ribbon really mean?
It says loud and clear that you will never condone, take part in or remain silent about domestic abuse against any one, women, men or children.
The men involved in White Ribbon Day and the White Ribbon Pledge do not believe that violence is inherent in men or women carrying out the abuse.
Instead they believe that it has become a learned expression of fear and anger and to some extent has become acceptable to behave in such a manner. Even though, research has shown that previous cultures showed no or very little evidence of violence.
The effects of domestic violence affects everyone in so many different ways. So many people could be harmed by one person – whether it’s at work, a relative or someone else you know.
It is an issue that ends up affecting first our home, our families, our communities, our society and then Globally. A mechanical effect that is basically known as a chain reaction which produces a accumulative effect when one event sets off a chain of similar events.
So what can you do to help stop this cruelty?
Well, the white ribbon campaign urges us to start with one of the 10 suggestions given on their website.
You can take action in just 5 minutes, a few hours or a longer amount of time if this is something you feel strongly about changing. Find a list of all the ways you can get involved depending on a time frame that suits you at the official White Ribbon Day website.
My way will be to twitter ( Verità Cassiere ) and facebook this campaign and write on abuse.