White Ribbon Day 2021: what is the event, when is it and 16 days of action against domestic violence explained
White Ribbon Day comes as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign
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White Ribbon Day takes place every year in November, raising awareness of violence against women and encouraging people to come together to put an end to it.
But when does it take place and how can you get involved?
Here’s what you need to know.
What is White Ribbon Day?
White Ribbon Day asks people in their communities, organisations and workplaces to come together and say ‘no’ to violence against women.
The White Ribbon Day website said it aims to “get the message out that men’s violence against women and girls must end” and that “all men can make a difference”.
The event’s leading message this year is that #AllMenCan, which was developed in March of this year “when the murder of Sarah Everard brought women’s experience of men’s violence to the forefront of everyone’s minds”.
“It also opened up so many conversations about men taking action and making a stand,” said the website.
“As we move towards the end of the year we want as many men as possible to think carefully and make the White Ribbon Promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.”
The White Ribbon UK charity is part of the global White Ribbon movement to end men’s violence against women, and aims to ending men’s violence against women by engaging with men and boys to make a stand against violence.
The charity acts “as a catalyst, encouraging people, and especially men and boys, to individually and collectively take action and change behaviour”.
When is White Ribbon Day 2021?
This year, White Ribbon Day takes place on Thursday 25 November.
How can I get involved?
There are a number of ways you can get involved with the day.
Some starter ideas include:
- How many people can you get to wear a white ribbon - Everyone in your workplace? All your friends?
- Be active on social media and spread the word using #WhiteRibbon #AllMenCan #MakeThePromise
- Find out about becoming a White Ribbon accredited or supporter organisation
- Download and display the White Ribbon Promise Poster, which is available in English and Welsh
What is the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence event?
White Ribbon Day comes as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence event, which is an annual international campaign that begins on 25 November.
The global theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which will run from 25 November to 10 December 2021, is ‘Orange the world: End violence against women now!’
According to the United Nations Website, orange “is our color to represent a brighter future free of violence against women and girls”.
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