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
    Chairman of the German Criminal Police Officer’s Union (BDK)
    Every day, women of all age groups, social status’ and any nationality experience violence. According to recent studies, 40% of all German women have already experienced violence. The physical and mental damage, mostly caused by men, are immense. Violence does not solve problems, it only creates new ones. We have to socially outlaw violence and to underline that we do not tolerate it. That’s why I support the White Ribbon Campaign!
  • Finland
    Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland
    There are many ways, big and small, to work towards equality. My contribution is to join EIGE’s White Ribbon campaign for men who work to counter violence against women. I am committed to speaking about it in Finland and abroad, in schools and workplaces, during election campaigns, at international meetings, the United Nations, the European Union and beyond. I support the [Finnish] Martha Organisation in their work towards eradicating violence against women. On 24 November, I will wear a white ribbon as a sign of my participation in the campaign.
  • Hungary
    Commissioner for Fundamental Rights of Hungary
    Those who fail to take firm action to counter violence against women, through their omission defy the very ideal of universal and fundamental rights equally vested in women and men. The articulation of the inadmissibility of violence against women derives directly from the protection of human rights. I am happy to join this campaign as an Ombudsman, as a man and a father, too.
  • Slovenia
    President of the National Assembly
    Violence against women is the most obvious relic of historical gender inequalities which have led to manifest and structural discrimination against women. Gender equality policy must thus start with a determined and unconditional 'NO' to violence against women. Here and now.
  • European Union
    Director of Europol
    Violence against women is a serious violation of human rights. It is a shameful reality across the globe. We must increase awareness of the causes and consequences of violence against women and reinforce our efforts to eradicate it, including by holding perpetrators accountable.
  • European Union
    Deputy Director General, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers
    Violence against women is a brutal violation of women's human rights, but it is not just a women's issue. It affects us all, locking both men and women into rigid and harmful gender roles and profoundly damaging our society as a whole. Though a few men may be part of the problem, we can stand up and be part of the solution. Enough is enough - let's uphold our European values and say no! Stop Violence against women!
  • Germany
    Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance
    “Violence against women is a horrible form of crime and not acceptable. Tackling this scourge must be the joint aim of our societies. In addition - as identified by EIGE - violence against women costs every year billions of Euros.”
  • Germany
    Member of the German Parliament
    Even today, violence against women remains underrated as a problem that concerns society as a whole. Under no circumstances may we accept this cruelty or marginalise the importance of standing against it – be it domestic, at work, online or in public. Therefore, I support the white ribbon campaign – and I welcome every man to join me.
  • Germany
    State Secretary for Integration, State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
    Violence against women is a gruesomely violation of human rights. This includes all those female refugees, which we have to integrate into our societies. (Image: MAIS/Wilfried Meyer)
  • 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
    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.

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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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