Monday, November 10, 2008

White Ribbons

Just less than 10 years ago and really up till the moment, it seemed impossible that the United States would ever have an African American President. Racial tensions were alive as they have always been for the past 400 years. Tensions still exist but it is apparent that an evolution is taking place. People are changing! They are replacing their otherwise accepted ignorance with open mindedness. People are actually using their minds and rejecting what society has been feeding them from time memorial. People came out of the wood works in droves to vote to ensure that a needed change would occur and thus Barack Obama was elected the first African American President of the United States of America.

In the same vein, I believe that Domestic Violence would come to its end. What room is there in an evolved world for cave man antics of abuse? Changes have steadily been taking place since my mom was murdered by my father almost 17 years ago. Lasting change is coming and I believe the key is to help men learn to respect women and in turn themselves.
There is a campaign affiliated with UNIFEM called the White Ribbon Foundation.

What the White Ribbon Represents

* Wearing a White Ribbon is not a badge of purity or a badge of perfection. It does not mean that the wearer has perfect relationships.
* It means that this man believes that violence towards women is unacceptable.
* It is a visible sign that the wearer does not support or condone the use of violence against women.
* Everyone can show their commitment to ending violence against women by wearing a white ribbon.
* Proceeds from purchasing a White Ribbon go towards changing community attitudes through high impact awareness campaigns.

November 25th is White Ribbon Day. White Ribbon Day was created by a handful of Canadian men in 1991 on the second anniversary of one man's massacre of fourteen women in Montreal. They began the White Ribbon Campaign to urge men to speak out against violence against women. How refreshing it is that women (statistically the overwhelming victim of domestic violence) are not the only ones fighting to end this scourge. In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly declared November 25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The White Ribbon has become the symbol for the day. For more information on the White Ribbon campaign and White Ribbon Day, please refer to the links to the left. Let’s help get the word out and get involved.

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