24th November 2021
White Ribbon Day 2021
Thursday 25 November is designated by the United Nations as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, also marked as White Ribbon Day, and is followed by 16 days of activism to end violence against women ending on Human Rights Day on 10 December.
How you can help
White Ribbon ask that people in their communities, organisations and workplaces, come together, and say ‘no’ to violence against women. #AllMenCan is White Ribbon’s leading message this year. It was developed in March when the murder of Sarah Everard brought women’s experience of men’s violence to the forefront of everyone’s minds. As we move towards the end of the year White Ribbon 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.
- Break the silence – start a conversation with your group of friends/work colleagues about violence against women and girls. The more we talk about it the more we break the silence.
- Listen to and believe survivors, it’s on all of us to give survivors the safe space they need to speak up and be heard
- Teach the next generation and learn from them, the examples we set for the younger generation shape the way they think about gender, respect and human rights
- Understand consent, freely given, enthusiastic consent is mandatory, every time
- Hold each other accountable, violence and abuse can take many forms, including sexual harassment in the workplace and in public spaces. Take a stand and call it out when you see it: catcalling, inappropriate sexual comments and sexist jokes are never okay
- Learn the signs of domestic abuse and how you can help, there are many forms of abuse and all of them can have serious physical and emotional effects. What is domestic abuse? – Healthy Surrey
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