Today, 25 November 2022, is White Ribbon Day, a global awareness day organised by the UK’s leading charity engaging men and boys in ending violence against women and girls, White Ribbon.
This year, White Ribbon Day coincides with the start of the FIFA men’s World Cup, and organisers of the campaign have partnered with HerGameToo to set up the hashtag #TheGoal to spread the message of men and women working together to stop gender-based inequality and violence.
In this article, we’ve outlined our thoughts on the campaign as well as how you can show your support. Read on to find out more.
The Importance of White Ribbon Day
As Abuse Lawyers we feel strongly about the message of the White Ribbon Day campaign. We sadly see the impact of both physical and emotional abuse regularly when speaking with our clients and we know how devastating it can be.
This year’s White Ribbon Day follows concerns raised by domestic abuse campaigners, including the singer Mel B, that the issue of domestic violence has moved down the agenda during the times of “economic chaos” we’re facing.
We hope that by linking White Ribbon Day to a global event like the World Cup, the message of unity and support for ending violence against women and girls will be heard far and wide and real changes will be made.
How Can I Show my Support for White Ribbon Day?
White Ribbon Day is the first day of a 16-day campaign of action to promote healthy relationships and gender equity, so how can you get involved?
Organisers are asking for White Ribbon Day to be marked in workplaces, schools, sports clubs and within communities.
There are digital resources available to download on the White Ribbon website that we’d encourage you to use to inform others and spread the word. You can use the hashtag #TheGoal to raise awareness of White Ribbon Day online and show your support by wearing a white ribbon.
White Ribbon Day 2022 has also set out eleven traits – one for each player in a football team - that men and boys in particular can implement to help create a world of equality and safety for women. The traits listed encourage men to be principled, reflective, courageous and to act as an ally.
To show your commitment to the campaign, you can choose to make the White Ribbon promise to never use, excuse or remain silent about men’s violence against women. You can do this by scanning the QR code in this leaflet.
If you’re concerned about someone who you think could be experiencing domestic violence, the charity recommends calling the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for help and advice about how to approach the situation.
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