White Ribbon Day is Australia’s largest awareness day, to prevent men’s violence against women. Communities from all over the country come together in November to stand up, speak out and act, and say ‘no’ to gendered violence.
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 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.