White Ribbon Day 2018
November 12, 2018
White Ribbon Day is Friday, November 16, 2018
The 8th Annual White Ribbon Day in Greater Cleveland is sponsored by Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Cuyahoga County, Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center, Healthy Fathering Collaborative, Passages, and YWCA Greater Cleveland.
What is the White Ribbon Campaign?
“The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) is the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women… Campaigns are led by both men and women, even though the focus is on educating men and boys. Our local campaign will also focus on violence against children and all intimate partners. The Campaign started in Canada in 1991 when a handful of men in Canada decided they had a responsibility to urge men to speak out about violence against women.” Read more on the Healthy Fathering Collaborative website.
The White Ribbon Campaign offers men, boys, and people of any gender identity an opportunity to speak out against violence and publicly promote healthy relationships.
How Can I Participate?
We can all play a role in preventing violence in our community. Here are four ways you can participate in White Ribbon Day on November 16, 2018:
- Attend the public rally. We invite men and women of all ages to observe White Ribbon Day and promote healthy non-violent relationships. A public rally will be held at 12:00 noon on the steps of the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Courthouse. Participants will wear white ribbons or white ties and recite the following pledge:
“I pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women, children, intimate partners and men. From this day forward, I promise to talk to family, friends and co-workers about stopping violence in our community. I promise to encourage them to do the same and I promise to lead them by example. This white ribbon I am wearing will remind me of this pledge.”
- Wear a white ribbon or tie. Share the meaning of your ribbon or tie with friends, family, and colleagues. Post on social media to show your commitment to healthy relationships and violence prevention.
- Talk to youth in your life about the meaning of consent. Read tips for the conversation here.
- Recruit your friends and family to participate. Help us spread the message! If you are a social media user, share our posts on Facebook and Twitter.
Sign up to participate in the 2018 White Ribbon Day and pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence.