The Healthy Fathering Collaborative of Greater Cleveland and the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center invite all adult and young men in Greater Cleveland to join in our third annual White Ribbon Campaign in November 2013 to promote healthy non-violent relationships. Women and girls are invited to participate as well!
Over 15,000 men and women of all ages wore a white tie or white ribbon on Wednesday November 28th, 2012 to take a strong, positive and public stance against violence against women, intimate partners and children. A Public Rally was held at 12 noon on the steps of the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Courthouse. White ties were placed on the statues of two of our nation's founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.
Wearing a ribbon or tie is a commitment to the pledge:
I PLEDGE NEVER TO COMMIT, CONDONE OR REMAIN SILENT ABOUT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, CHILDREN AND INTIMATE PARTNERS.
FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, I PROMISE TO TALK TO FAMILY, FRIENDS AND CO-WORKERS ABOUT STOPPING VIOLENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY.
I PROMISE TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO DO THE SAME AND I PROMISE TO LEAD THEM BY EXAMPLE.
THIS WHITE RIBBON I AM WEARING WILL REMIND ME OF THIS PLEDGE.
White Ribbon Campaign participants around the world take a similar pledge.
Participating Organizations in 2012
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. - Lambda Phi Omega Chapter
- Beech Brook
- Burton Bell Carr - Ward 7 Service Center
- Case Western Reserve University Interfraternity Congress
- Cleveland Municipal Court, Probation Department
- Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
- Cuyahoga County Board of Health
- Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court
- Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative
- Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office at Juvenile Court
- Cuyahoga Jobs and Family Services
- Cuyahoga Office of Child Support Services
- Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center
- Employment Connection
- Full Truth Ministries
- Gallagher Sharp
- Garfield Heights Municipal Court
- Global Parenting Network
- Grafton Correctional Institution
- Guidestone: Transforming from Berea Childrens Home and Family Services
- HandsOn NEO
- Healthy Fathering Collaborative of Greater Cleveland
- Help Me Grow of Cuyahoga County
- Here It Is, WERE 1490
- I Am a Dream
- Informing Our Children
- Invest in Children
- Lake Erie Correctional Institution
- Lake Erie International High School
- Life Skills High School of Cleveland
- Lorain Correctional Institution
- Marion Correctional Institution
- Murtis Taylor Human Services - Strong Fathers Program
- Notre Dame College of Ohio
- NEON Health Services, Inc.
- Office Max at Severance Center
- Omega Psi Phi Fraternity - Zeta Kappa Kappa Chapter
- Orange High School and Middle School
- Parma City Schools ABLE
- Passages, Inc.
- Positive Changes
- Renegade Brands, LLC
- Richland Correctional Institution
- Ruffing Montessori School
- Seeds of Literacy
- Solon Police Department
- St Martin de Porres School
- Trinity Outreach Ministries
- Trumbull Correctional Institution
- United Way 211
- Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc, Delta Nu Chapter
What is the White Ribbon Campaign?
The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) is the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women. It is observed in nearly 60 countries around the globe between November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and December 6. Campaigns are led by both men and women, even though the focus is on educating men and boys. Our local campaign will also focus on violence against children and all intimate partners.
The Campaign started in Canada in 1991 when a handful of men in Canada decided they had a responsibility to urge men to speak out about violence against women. The Campaign was launched 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. Wearing a white ribbon would be a symbol of men's opposition to violence against women. With only six weeks of preparation, 100,000 men across Canada wore a white ribbon, while many others were drawn into discussion and debate. In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly declared November 25 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) and the White Ribbon has become the symbol for the day.
What does it mean to wear a white ribbon?
Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women, girls or children.
The main goal of WRC in Greater Cleveland is ending violence against women, children and intimate partners. We accomplish this in five ways:
- Challenging everyone to speak out, and think about their own beliefs, language and actions.
- Educating young people, especially young men and boys, on the issue through the educational resources we produce.
- Raising public awareness of the issue.
- Working in partnership with women’s organizations, the corporate sector, the media and other partners to create a future with no violence against women, children or intimate partners.
- Supporting White Ribbon Campaigns around the globe with our experience, resources and networks.
Healthy Fathering Collaborative
c/o Community Endeavors Foundation
P.O. Box 606194
Cleveland, OH 44106
*Email is the preferred form of contact.
Please contribute to the campaign this year to help us buy white ties, white ribbons and promotional materials.