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White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon Day

Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: November 25 2010. It was first marked as a day of activism in 1981 by women in Latin America, who chose that day in memory of the three MIrabal sisters from the Dominican Republic who were assassinated because of their political activism in 1960. In 1991 a group of Canadian men declared 25 November as White Ribbon day in response to a man's murder of 14 women in Montreal. Since then it has grown into an international campaign to raise awareness amongst men and boys about the roles they can play to prevent violence against women. Men and women around the world wear a white ribbon or wristband as a visual symbol of their commitment to end violence against women. In 1999, the United Nations designated 25 November as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This day also launches the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, which runs through to Human Rights Day on 10 December. The 16 Days Campaign has been used as an organising strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women The United Nations has this year created a new entity to promote women’s welfare. UN Women will oversee all of the UN’s programs aimed at promoting women's rights and their full participation in global affairs. More than 100 countries do not have specific laws against domestic violence, according to Michelle Bachelet, head of UN Women. In Victoria, 25 November is also the day on which we remember and mourn the women and children lost through family violence and we vow to continue our work to prevent violence against women in all its forms. ‘Not 1 More’, a large public event is being held today in Federation Square. Media personalities, sportsmen and others will speak out against violence against women.

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Photo by DVRCV of our neighbours, the Neighbourhood Justice Centre and their White Ribbon