White Ribbon Day - FAQ

What is White Ribbon Day?

White Ribbon Day is a chance for the Australian community to come together and say no to men’s violence against women. Since 1991, White Ribbon Day around the world has been held on November 25 to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. From 2018 onwards, White Ribbon Day will move from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to the Friday before 25 November. This year, White Ribbon Day will be on Friday 19 November. 

What is the impact of COVID on White Ribbon Day?

We are asking WRD event hosts to make sure they comply with the COVID-19 restrictions in their area. It’s also possible to host online events using videoconferencing platforms like Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

How can my workplace get involved?

If you are currently (or you have in the past) participated in the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program, White Ribbon Day is an excellent opportunity to reach out in support of your staff. By hosting an event, you can facilitate important conversations about gender equality and the prevention of violence against women. It is also a great opportunity to highlight the support services available and communicate to your staff a message of equality and respect.

Will you provide a speaker to my event?

We are currently unable to provide White Ribbon speakers to community events. However, White Ribbon Executive Director Brad Chilcott has created a video that will be available in November for WRD event hosts. We are encouraging you to play this online video during your event to provide an overview of White Ribbon's work.

How do we stop gendered violence?

Preventing men’s violence against women means stopping the violence before it happens. White Ribbon Australia works to address the social conditions which lead to men’s violence against women by creating a culture where such violence is completely unacceptable.  Our work is aimed at men, boys and the wider community, and is driven through targeted education programs in schools and workplaces, awareness-raising, partnerships, creative campaigns, and capacity building through the creation of Community Action Groups.

Why do we engage men?

  • The violence perpetrated by men against women must stop and it is up to men to stop it.
  • Victims are not merely statistics; they are wives, sisters, mothers, daughters and friends. Good men cannot and will not sit on the sidelines while those they love are at risk of harm.
  • Our generation can and must work towards stopping violence against women so that all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse.
  • To stop violence against women, Australia needs men to stand up, speak out and act.
  • White Ribbon Australia engages men to highlight the role they can play alongside women to stop violence against women, based on the understanding that most men are not violent.
  • Only some men use violence. Most men share the belief that violence against women is never acceptable.
  • Men speaking to other men about violence against women is a powerful catalyst for change.

Where does the money go?

White Ribbon focuses on primary prevention work. This means stopping violence before it happens by addressing the root causes of men’s violence against women. Examples of White Ribbon’s primary prevention activities include:

  • Educational programs in schools, programs in workplaces.
  • Public information and awareness raising campaigns.
  • Bringing highly active individuals onboard the Community Partner program, providing them with ongoing learning opportunities and reflective practice to aid them in their work to prevent gendered violence.
  • Supporting grass-roots organisations already working in the family domestic violence space through a grants scheme to be established in 2021.
  • Funding research to identify gaps in family domestic violence education programs and services and find solutions to meet these needs; to help prevent violence, not just deal with the aftermath.

What about violence against men?

White Ribbon believes that all forms of violence are wrong and acknowledges that men and women can be victims. However, we also acknowledge that the majority of domestic violence victims are women. We understand there are organisations working to prevent violence against men and we commend any work they do to prevent violence. To be successful each campaign has a central focus, because different kinds of violence have different causes and effects. In this case, White Ribbon focuses on men’s violence against women. Hopefully the work done between us will one day see the elimination of all forms of violence.

Someone discloses a personal experience, what can I do?