Support White Ribbon Day on 25 November 2016!
By Sarah Gould
“Equality, liberty and freedom” is a familiar motto for anyone living in France. It is a motto born out of the French revolution, when men felt oppressed by the aristocracy and their power. Did they have women in mind when they wrote that motto? I’m not sure they did, but whether they did or didn’t, even today in the western world, including in France, we cannot say that women have achieved equality. In some parts of the worlds, the equality of women is not even on the agenda.
Where there is a lack of equality, there is often an inequality in power, and sadly, violence is often used as a way to maintain that power. It is estimated that 35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual violence in their lives, and that percentage may be a huge underestimation. In 1979, the United Nations made a declaration to work on eliminating violence against women, stating that “violence against women is a manifestation of historically unequal power relations between men and women” and that “violence against women is one of the crucial social mechanisms by which women are forced into a subordinate position compared with men.”
White Ribbon Day is a global movement founded by men and boys in Canada in 1991, with the aim of raising awareness about violence against women through the full inclusivity of men, who need to be a part of the solution. I wanted to share this important campaign with you, not only because I fully support the equality of women and the aims of WPNG, but also in the hope that this message will be shared with the men in your life, who are perhaps the key players in supporting this initiative.
To find out more information and get involved, have a look at the following links:
White Ribbon Campaign: Men Working to End Violence Against Women
Promote White Ribbon Day in Europe (Daphne Funding Programme project at the European Commission)