White Ribbon Campaign
On 25 November, the White Ribbon Campaign will mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women by calling on all men and boys in the UK to wear a white ribbon as a visible pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. Across the UK, and throughout continental Europe and other parts of the world, men have pledged to wear a white ribbon in support of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The White Ribbon Campaign is aimed at all layers of society. Schools can take part and teachers can find handbooks, ideas for fundraising and education activities on the organization’s website. Various football clubs have given their support to the campaign and will spread the message to their members. Churches have also expressed their support of the White Ribbon Campaign and will address violence against women in their communities.
The International Community
November 25 also marks the start of the 16 days of Activism Against Gender Violence. The 16 day campaign, which ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day, highlights various international days, including 29 November International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World Aids Day. The 16 day campaign links the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women with Human Rights Day to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights. The first International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was celebrated in 1991 on the initiative of the Women’s Global Leadership Institute.
Quick fact list
The Brussels based United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe - UNRIC provides information on UN activities to the countries of the region. It also provides liaison with institutions of the European Union in the field of information. Its outreach activities extend to all segments of society and joint campaigns, projects and events are organized with partners including the EU, governments, the media, NGOs, schools and local authorities.
United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC Brussels)
Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 155, Block C2,7th and 8th floor, Brussels 1040, Belgium
Tel.: +32 2 788 8484 / Fax: 32 2 788 8485