Next Sunday, 25th November, marks the thirty-first International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The day is designated by the United Nations as a day for governments and NGOs to organise activities to raise awareness of the problem of violence against women.
In the UK, that means the pinnacle of the White Ribbon Campaign (WRC), which urges men to wear white ribbons as visible pledges never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
This year, on White Ribbon Day, you can show your support on social media too, with a virtual ‘twibbon‘, designed by Stella McCartney, that can be added to your Twitter profile picture. Or you can order a real ribbon online, and upload a photo of yourself wearing it as a pledge.
To me, supporting this campaign is a no-brainer. While we’ve come a long way in terms of gender equality in the last thirty-one years, violent and sexual crimes against women continue to occur with an alarmingly high frequency. In case you needed reminding how bad this problem still is, here are some frightening UK stats from the WRC website:
So wear your ribbon, virtual or otherwise, with pride this White Ribbon Day, and do your bit to raise awareness for this hugely important cause.