16 Days Call to Action: Day 1 White Ribbons and the Colour Orange.

Logo for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign

It’s that time of year again. Christmas carols, sunscreen, no time to even breathe. Amidst all this charities launch toy drives and Christmas hampers. And those white ribbons. It seems every cause has a day of remembrance, and sometimes it seems as if the message is lost. Today, if and when you purchase a white ribbon or throw on an orange shirt, please  consider for a moment what that ribbon symbolises. consider as well something you can actively do to continue the the conversation within your own sphere of influence to bring the about positive change.

November 25th marks the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW). The White Ribbon movement, in fact, was launched to align with this UN initiative which recognises that women are victims of (Primarily) male violence (i.e. gender based violence) worldwide.

This year, the theme is LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND. Over the next 16 days, the Women’s Network Hunter will dedicate their conversation to violence against women in the hopes of generating an opportunity for positive change within our own sphere of influence. I encourage you to check in, read, engage and share.

Our participation in  supporting #16Days of Activism will culminate on 10 December (Human Rights Day) and be committed to offering suggestions for individuals to consciously stand up in ways which can effectively work toward a solution to these problems.

According to United Nations Women website, One in three women around the world experience violence in their lifetime, often in the hands of someone they know, love and trust. Of all women who were victims of homicide globally in 2012, almost half were killed by intimate partners or family members.

Each Day we will post one  action you can take as an individual to come together as part of efforts to invest and mobilise global change in this area.

Today, let’s learn a little about that white ribbon you are wearing and the UN initiatives:

I encourage you to read this post from the UN about this year’s theme and some of the obstacles in addressing violence against women. 

If you want to know more ab out how the white Ribbon fits into all this, check out their site hyperlinked below. 

White Ribbon Day aligns with IDEVAW and was created initially as a Men’s Movement in efforts to change the tides of damaging perceptions and actions which have been generational encouraging and promoting Violence against Women. 

It is a men’s movement to end violence against women and men’s recognition that women are victims of (primarily) male violence, worldwide.

It is a call to mobilisation and is now supported and recognised in over 57 countries worldwide. 

Today, join us for 2017. Learn more about these movements.

Show your support.

Buy a white ribbon, if you can’t – show a white ribbon on your social media platform or share our post with others.

OR Wear Orange and #orangethe world.

“The price of no change is unacceptable”  – UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

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