Violence against women is a shameful reality throughout the European Union and across the world. Mostly it is committed by men. It is rooted in gender inequalities, and it still far too often goes unnoticed and unchallenged. The White Ribbon Campaign exists to change this.

Men and boys wearing the White Ribbon declare that they will never commitexcuse, or remain silent about men's violence against women. White Ribbon is one of the world’s largest male-led campaigns to end men’s violence against women. It started in 1991 in Canada, and is now active in many countries across the globe. Every year it is growing stronger as more men and boys realise that women’s and girls’ safety is their issue too. 

Men are part of the solution. You are part of the solution. Your voice matters. Take the White Ribbon pledge and join the campaign now.

  • Germany
    Minister-President of Lower Saxony
    Many women suffer from violence at the hands of men – still today, time and again. This cannot be allowed to continue. It’s time to take a stand: Do not remain silent and look away, but raise your voice against violence towards women.
  • Estonia
    Minister of Social Protection
    As a society we need to understand that domestic violence and violence against women is not a private matter. We all need to recognize it, talk about it and tackle it. The answer can be only one - violence against women is unacceptable. I will actively stand for the assurance of human dignity of women and invite men in Estonia to join the White Ribbon campaign to contribute to combating the violence against women.
  • Estonia
    Professor
    Violence should not have any place in today’s society. Violence against women is especially difficult problem as often it does not reach to public eye and victims’ suffering may last for a long time. Drawing attention to violence against women is extremely important for me as it sends an important message for the development of the society.
  • Belgium
    Flemish Minister-President and Flemish Minister for Foreign Policy and Immovable Heritage
    As a White Ribbon Ambassador, and as a husband, grandfather, father, citizen and Minister-President of the Government of Flanders, I have joined the group of billions of people to actively promote gender equality as a fundamental human right. I cannot tolerate violence and its negative consequences for women, their families, the community and the world at large.
  • Czech Republic
    Minister for Human Rights and Equal Opportunities
    The notion that domestic violence is a marginal issue is still persistent in our society. However, the experience of police and victims support services, as well as the prevalence studies prove that domestic violence is a widespread problem that affects huge amount of women as well as men. Raise awareness campaigns and common discussions on various strategies to tackle this form of violence are crucial. For this reason, I join the White Ribbon Campaign, a global movement of men speaking up against violence against women.
  • European Union
    European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation
    Violence against women destroys lives and wrecks families. 1 in every 3 women has suffered some form of gender violence. As a father, a citizen and a politician I have an obligation to speak-up. I urge you to join me.
  • Luxembourg
    Prime Minister
    Women's rights are human rights. We cannot tolerate any violation of human rights and we have to fight against all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls.
  • Luxembourg
    Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
    As a “White Ribbon” Ambassador, I will do my very best to contribute to stopping violence against girls and women and furthermore violence against all human beings. Violence is not a sign of strength but of weakness, it is not a solution, but makes the problems worse. Let’s not tolerate that human rights are violated. Let’s work together to stop violence.
  • Luxembourg
    Minister of Social Security
    No violence against women! In line with the slogan of the European year for development 2015: Our World, Our Dignity, our Future !
  • Luxembourg
    Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Internal Security
    In the fight against domestic violence, our police forces rely on the collaboration of everyone.
  • Luxembourg
    Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research
    Research is an important tool in the prevention of violence by men against women.

Join the Campaign

I am one of the billions who believe that women and men are equal and there should be no place for violence against women in this world. I pledge, by wearing a white ribbon, to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. I promise to work towards ending it.

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