White Ribbon Day is held on November 25th, also known as the International Day for the Eradication of Violence against Women , and is an annual day to raise awareness of family violence. The day is run by the White Ribbon Campaign.
White Ribbon Day has been running for 17 years, and was founded by a group of men in Canada who felt that they had to raise awareness and work towards prevention of violence against women. The White Ribbon Campaign and Day spread through Canada, with hundreds of thousands of people joining the event in the first year, and wearing white ribbons to oppose violence against women
The event then spread beyond Canada, becoming international, and the UK branch of the White Ribbon Campaign was founded in 2004 and has continued to grow since then.
The wearing of the white ribbon stands for never taking part in, condoning or staying silent about violence against women. And on White Ribbon Day, men and boys are encouraged to wear the white ribbon on November 25th and for a week or two afterwards to support and highlight that pledge.
The White Ribbon Campaign runs all year round, and works to raise awareness of violence against women, encouraging men to support women’s groups and raise awareness in schools and workplaces, of violence against women, and to raise money for the White Ribbon Campaign. The campaign distributes awareness information to schools, maintains a website and run events, and works tirelessly to prevent violence against women, undoubtedly saving lives and preventing injuries as it does.