The White Ribbon Campaign is an international effort by men and boys towards ending Violence Against Women (VAW). On 25 November (International White Ribbon Day and International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) men across the world speak out against male VAW. In the UK, the White Ribbon Campaign runs from 25 November until 10 December (Human Rights Day).
The first White Ribbon Campaign was launched in 1991 by a group of men in Canada in response to the brutal mass shooting of 14 female students at the University of Montreal in 1989. The first White Ribbon Day in the UK was launched by Womankind in 1998 and in 1999 the UN officially recognised 25 November as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
It is shocking to note that up to three million women across the UK experience some form of VAW each year. If we are to challenge the attitudes towards VAW and behaviours that persist in our society, men must be part of the solution.
In support of White Ribbon Day, since 2012 NFWI-Wales has worked with Joyce Watson AM, Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales on the Not in my Name Campaign; a campaign to recruit male ambassadors to speak out against VAW and to make a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about VAW.
Ann Jones, NFWI Chair of Federations of Wales Committee, and Joyce Watson AM
Over the years, the campaign has been supported by a broad range of bodies and groups from the Welsh Rugby Union and Glamorgan Cricket to Only Men Aloud, the Wales YFC and the Cardiff Devils. WIs have also been using their strong community links to recruit male ambassadors and groups from their communities such as sports clubs, male voice choirs and businesses.
The White Ribbon is a symbol of hope for a world where women and girls can live free from the fear of violence. By wearing a white ribbon and speaking against VAW, men can play their part in raising awareness that VAW should never be accepted, ignored or excused and challenge the attitudes and behaviours of a minority of men who use or condone violence against women.
As part of our Not in my Name campaign, we are urging people to sign to our Thunderclap message to send out a strong message that VAW will not be tolerated and to pledge support for the Not in my Name Campaign. Sign up to the Thunderclap at
Also, on 25 November, NFWI-Wales will be holding a candlelight vigil in Cardiff Bay to mark White Ribbon Day, show solidarity with victims of VAW across the world and spread the message that VAW is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
For further information about the Not in my Name Campaign, please visit https://www.thewi.org.uk/wi-in-wales/current-campaigns/no-more-violence-against-women https://www.thewi.org.uk/wi-in-wales/current-campaigns/no-more-violence-against-women