White Ribbon Campaign

White Ribbon Campaign
The 7th Annual White Ribbon Day in Greater Cleveland and across the State of Ohio will be Friday November 17th, 2017.  

 

We invite all 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 noon on White Ribbon Day on the steps of the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Courthouse.  White ties will be placed on the statues of two of our nation's founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.  Young men from the Male Minority Leadership Group at Orange High School will be the featured speakers at the 2017 Rally.  We expect over 10,000 men, women, youth and children across the State to participate in the campaign this year.

 

Participants at the public rally and in our partner organization 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 &

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.

 

White Ribbon Campaign participants around the world take a similar pledge during the global campaign in late November and early December every year.  White Ribbon Day in Greater Cleveland is sponsored by Cuyahoga County, the Ohio Attorney General, the Healthy Fathering Collaborative, Passages and the YWCA of Greater Cleveland.

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Please sign up to participate and pledge your commitment!

Background

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. It is observed in nearly 60 countries around the globe between November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and December 6. 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. The Campaign was launched on the second anniversary of one man's massacre of fourteen women in Montreal. They began the White Ribbon Campaign to urge men to speak out against violence against women. Wearing a white ribbon would be a symbol of men's opposition to violence against women. With only six weeks of preparation, 100,000 men across Canada wore a white ribbon, while many others were drawn into discussion and debate. In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly declared November 25 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) and the White Ribbon has become the symbol for the day.

 

What does it mean to wear a white ribbon?

Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women, girls or children.


The main goal of WRC in Greater Cleveland is ending violence against women, children and intimate partners. We accomplish this in five ways:

  • Challenging everyone to speak out, and think about their own beliefs, language and actions.
  • Educating young people, especially young men and boys, on the issue through the educational resources we produce.
  • Raising public awareness of the issue.
  • Working in partnership with women’s organizations, the corporate sector, the media and other partners to create a future with no violence against women, children or intimate partners.
  • Supporting White Ribbon Campaigns around the globe with our experience, resources and networks
White Ribbon Day 2016
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More Information

Healthy Fathering Collaborative
P.O. Box 606194
Cleveland, OH  44106


216.245.7842

 

info@neofathering.net*

 

*Email is the preferred form of contact.

2017 White Ribbon Partners

Another Chance of Ohio
Bright Beginnings (formerly Help Me Grow)
The Centers Early Learning Program
Cleveland Eastside Ex-Offender Coalition
Cleveland Municipal Court Probation Department
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
Columbus Urban League
Cuyahoga County
Eastlake Police Victim Assistance
Forbes House
Global Parenting Network
Grafton Correctional Institution
Greater University Circle Community Health Initiative
Healthy Fathering Collaborative
Help Network of Northeast Ohio
Informing Our Children
Invest in Children
Lake Erie Correctional Institution
Lorain Correctional Institution
Male Minority Leadership Group at Orange High School
Men Working for Change (program of OneEighty)
Mercy Worldwide Ministries
North Coast Strategy Partners
NorthEast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services (NEON)
Office Depot at Severance Center
Ohio Mens Action Network (OHMAN)
Ohio Domestic Violence Network
Passages
Progressive Baptist Association
Richland Correctional Institution
Violence Prevention and Action Center at John Carroll University
YWCA of Greater Cleveland

 

Please contribute to help us promote the White Ribbon Campaign and engage men in the prevention of violence!

 

 

Thank you!

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