White Ribbon

What is White Ribbon?

The White Ribbon campaign encourages men to take a stand to assert that violence against women and their children, in any form, is never acceptable.

White Ribbon Day is on 23 November 2018 in Australia and celebrates the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

The White Ribbon campaign was initiated by a group of Canadian men in 1991 in response to one man's massacre of fourteen women at a Montreal University in 1989. People from more than 60 countries participate in this annual campaign at present.

White Ribbon Day Community March

Council holds an annual White Ribbon Day Community March.

In 2018, the march was held on Friday 23 November and speakers included family violence speaker Ruth Clare and Fawkner police Sergeant Lauren Lupi.

Why Moreland Council supports White Ribbon Day

The impact of violence against women in Australia generates profound personal, social and economic costs for individuals and communities.

One in 3 Australian women over the age of 15 has experienced physical violence at some time in their lives. Police reports show that on average more than 1 woman is killed every week in Australia by a current or former male partner.

Council is committed to preventing family violence. Council’s Preventing Family Violence in Moreland Strategy 2016-20 (PDF 1Mb) acknowledges the importance of local partnerships and that addressing family violence requires a whole-of-community response to achieve long-term positive outcomes.

White Ribbon Day video

Moreland men pledge their support for the White Ribbon campaign and talk about their commitment to help end violence against women.

A short animation on the White Ribbon Day campaign, providing information about where and how to get help if you are experiencing issues with anger or abuse.

Information about family violence and support

Find out Information about what family violence is and where to find family violence help services.