Wednesday 25 November is #WhiteRibbonDay2020 - an opportunity to stand up, speak out and say no to violence against women.
According to Nottingham charity Equation, the local organisers of White Ribbon Day, while anyone can experience domestic abuse or sexual violence regardless of their age, race, sex, gender identity, sexuality, disability, wealth or lifestyle, the majority of victims/survivors are women who have experienced abuse by a man.
1 in 3 women will experience gender-based violence in their lifetime. Domestic abuse is the most prevalent form of gender-based violence, with 1 in 4 women experiencing domestic abuse from a man. That is over 40,000 women in Nottingham City alone (statistics taken from Equation).
This year, the White Ribbon campaign is moving online and Equation is asking people to get involved and raise awareness in a number of ways.
Show your support by:
- Purchasing a White Ribbon for £2 and wearing it not just on White Ribbon Day but throughout the year. All proceeds will go to Equation. Buy your ribbon here.
- Taking the pledge to 'Never commit, condone, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women, sign here
- Adding the White Ribbon Nottingham frame to your social media profile picture, further instructions of how to do this are available here
- Choosing from a wide variety of social media graphics, saving your favourites, and sharing them on social media. Don't forget to use the hashtag #WhiteRibbonDay2020 and tag Equation in your post. You can follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
- Reading this blog post from Equation on 5 Ways Male Allies can Help Make Women Safe