As the original White Ribbon Campaign that served as the inspiration for our global movement to end violence against women, we are saddened by the news of White Ribbon Australia’s closure as a charitable organization.
Since 2003, White Ribbon Australia has played an important role in mobilizing men and boys to speak out about violence against women across Australia. The independently-run organization created numerous innovative programs, resources, and campaigns that engaged men and boys in schools, communities and workplaces across the country. We thank the many volunteers, staff, and supporters who led and facilitated this important work over the years.
What this news means moving forward
White Ribbon in Canada continues to work with like-minded partners all over the world to engage men and boys in promoting gender equality, speaking out against all forms of gender-based violence, in transforming masculinities, and addressing systemic inequities. We use an intersectional, feminist and human rights inspired approach to challenge men’s use of gender-based violence and other forms of oppression, including racism, colonialism, homophobia and transphobia. Our programs, campaigns and resources are developed in partnership with many community organizations in the diverse women’s movement and partners in various sectors, including government, media, corporations, and UN agencies. Our work is rooted in the belief that men and boys can and must be strong allies in ending gender inequality together with women, girls, and people of all genders.
The important work carried out by over 60 White Ribbon campaigns around the world will continue, and we invite you to join us in our efforts to promote gender equality and end gender-based violence.
Visit whiteribbon.ca to access our resources and campaigns; find out how to become an ally; take our pledge; link up with diverse organizations and initiatives in Canada around the world; and be part of creating a safer, inclusive, gender-equitable future for everyone.
About White Ribbon
The White Ribbon Campaign was created in Canada in 1991, two years after the December 6 Montreal Massacre, where 14 women were murdered at L’ecole Polytechnique. White Ribbon symbolizes a man’s pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. Since its Canadian inception in 1991, independent White Ribbon Campaigns have been organized in over 60 countries around the world by local volunteers, community organizations, schools, governments, and workplaces.