White Ribbon Day

Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge to always speak out against violence towards women.

UN Women New Zealand participates in the White Ribbon Campaign to mark the U.N. International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW).

White Ribbon Day is the largest effort by men across the world, working in partnership with women, to end men’s violence against women.

White Ribbon Day is held on November 25 each year, designated by the UN as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The day relies on support from men and women, their organisations and networks, in business, industry and government.

Women’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This commemorates the brutal assassination in 1960 0f the three Mirabel sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of the Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930 – 1961).

How did White Ribbon Day start?

In 1991, a group of Canadian men began a campaign to urge men to speak out against violence against women. The group adopted the wearing of a white ribbon as a symbol of men’s opposition to men’s 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.

Why wear a white ribbon?
Because wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge to always speak out against violence towards women and children.

How can you help?

  • Encourage men and women, organisations and networks, industry and business, services and clubs to participate.
  • Plan and host a White Ribbon Day promotion or event, independently or in collaboration with local service clubs, M.P.s, councillors etc.
  • Promote public interest by referring to White Ribbon Day in public speaking opportunities, media articles and distribution of white ribbons.

Thank you for your support.

To order white ribbons, please contact Alison Wall,  Project Co-ordinator