Friday, November 25, 2011

White Ribbon Day

Today is White Ribbon Day a day, White Ribbon Campaign started in Canada and became an annual awareness-raising event held between 25 November and 6 December.

The day was started as a man on the afternoon of 6 December 1989, walked into the Ecole Polytechnique University in Montreal and massacred 14 of his female classmates. His actions traumatised a nation and brought the issue of violence against women to the forefront of our collective consciousness.

In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly declared 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, with a white ribbon as its iconic symbol.

White Ribbon began in Australia in 2003 as part of UNIFEM (now UN Women).

Today i went to an event that looked at all the different facets that can cause men to be violent to women from drinking, drugs, gambling, being angry and other reasons, we had a barbecue, local choir, local musician, balloons for children, how it isint the womens fault for the violence, where to look for help if violence is around and things like that. Was a pity it was raining but luckily we where able to have the event inside.