White Ribbon UK was founded in 2005, and is part of the global movement to end male violence against women*. We work with men and boys to challenge those male cultures that lead to harassment, abuse and violence.
Our volunteer ambassadors act as role models, engaging with other men and boys to call out abusive and sexist behaviour among their peers and promote a culture of equality and respect. The White Ribbon Accreditation programme ensures organisations take a strategic approach to ending male violence against women by engaging with men and boys, changing cultures and raising awareness.
White Ribbon Day
The United Nations General Assembly has designated 25th November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. On this day until 10th December we promote the ‘16 Days Of Action’.
This can be a significant opportunity for our ambassadors, champions and accredited organisations to mark this period with events, presentations and a special effort to speak to family, friends and co-workers about why men must take a stand against violence towards women.
Organisations can also do more by becoming accredited with White Ribbon Status, ensuring the necessary policies and procedures are in place to reduce male violence against women in workplaces and public interaction.
White Ribbon Day 2018
Some pictures from White Ribbon Day 2018
How our money is spent
Our nationwide team of over 1000 ambassadors campaign to end violence against women within their communities and workplaces by holding events, delivering presentations, writing articles for various media and blogs, and many other ways.
We use your donations to ensure that we can continue to raise awareness, by producing information packs, posters, ribbons etc. We provide e-learning courses to ensure our ambassadors have a full understanding of the issues surrounding male violence against women, and how to make male cultures positive within their communities.
White Ribbon UK Ambassador Barry Cusack says:
"For me, being an ambassador is about demonstrating a commitment to gender-equality in its totality...a goal that would doubtless lead to a dramatic reduction in the prevalence of male violence towards women."
A wide range of organisations are White Ribbon Accredited including councils, universities, emergency services, music venues and trade unions. Donations enable us to bring more organisations on board and provide additional support for smaller community organisations who want to become involved in White Ribbon’s mission. Most importantly we work to change opinion and policy through the media and by engaging with politicians and policy makers.
White Ribbon UK Founder and President Chris Green OBE says:
"It’s men’s responsibility to stop gender violence, and since men listen a bit more carefully when the message is spoken by other men, we need to challenge each other to do better.
"If we want to see change, we need to mobilise large numbers. We need to reach music venues, sports clubs, universities. Celebrities speaking out is great, but we want police officers, bus drivers, the whole community to embrace our values. It’s baby steps."
We can only do these things with the continued support from our fundraisers and donors.
awareness raising materials
*Violence against women, means “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life”. United Nations (1994) A/RES/48/104