We invite all men and women of all ages to observe White Ribbon Day and promote healthy non-violent relationships. A Public Rally was held at 12 noon on White Ribbon Day on the steps of the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Courthouse. White ties will be placed on the statues of two of our nation's founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. Young men from the Male Minority Leadership Group at Orange High School were the featured speakers at the 2015 Rally. Over 10,000 men, women, youth and children across the State participated in the campaign this year.
In 2016, we were joined in the White Ribbon Campaign by participants from 36 participating organizations engaging over 10,000 individuals. Thanks to the men of Lorain Correctional Institutions for cutting and packaging our ribbons this year. Participants recited wore white ribbons or white ties and recited the following pledge:
I PLEDGE NEVER TO COMMIT, CONDONE OR REMAIN SILENT ABOUT
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, CHILDREN, INTIMATE PARTNERS AND MEN.
FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, I PROMISE TO TALK TO FAMILY, FRIENDS &
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 during the global campaign in late November and early December every year.
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
P.O. Box 606194
Cleveland, OH 44106
*Email is the preferred form of contact.
2016 White Ribbon Partners
Another Chance of Ohio
Baldwin Wallace University
Career Development and Placement Strategies
Chillicothe Correctional Institution
Cleveland Eastside Ex-Offender Coalition
Cleveland Municipal Court Probation Department
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
Columbus Urban League
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center
Global Parenting Network
Grafton Correctional Institution
Grafton Reintegration Center
Healthy Fathering Collaborative
Help Me Grow of Cuyahoga County
Horizon Science Academy
Lebanon Correctional Institution
Lorain Correctional Institution
Male Minority Leadership Group at Orange High School
Men Working for Change, a volunteer program of OneEighty
Mercy Worldwide Ministries
North Coast Strategy Partners
NorthEast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. (NEON)
Office Max at Severance Center
Ohio Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc.
Ohio Domestic Violence Network
Ohio Men's Action Network
Richland Correctional Institution
Ruffing Montessori School
St. Martin de Porres Family Center
Violence Prevention and Action Center at John Carroll University
Please contribute to help us promote the White Ribbon Campaign and engage men in the prevention of violence!