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.

  • European Union
    President of the European Parliament
    The struggle for the elimination of violence against women is a fight that each and every one of us must take part in. It is our duty to stand up for women by drawing awareness to this injustice.
  • European Union
    Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs & Citizenship
    Any violence committed towards a human being, in any form, is unacceptable. It is time for all of us to speak up, to defend, to change and to act against violence against women. Men are part of the solution. And this is not just a task for men in leading roles – though they have a particular responsibility – but all men, in all aspects of their lives, towards, around and for their female family members, friends, partners and colleagues. As a husband, a father, a politician, I am honoured to take up my role as an Ombudsman for the White Ribbon Campaign and contribute to end violence against women.
  • European Union
    Director General DG Migration and Home Affairs
    Trafficking in women and girls must be condemned and prevented, by bringing perpetrators to justice.
  • European Union
    Executive Director of EASO, European Asylum Support Office
    It is time to stand up. This is why I decided to join the White Ribbon campaign. We should never remain silent about men's violence against women. We can be part of the solution but we have to raise our voice together. I will be personally committed to support the campaign initiatives and everybody should! Any violence against any woman should never be tolerated.
  • European Union
    Executive Director of eu-LISA, European Agency for the Operational Management of Large-scale IT Systems
    We can never call ourselves a developed society whilst violence against women exists among us. Our values and beliefs are being compromised not only by committing violence but also by supporting it or doing nothing about it. The only thing necessary for damage to be done is silent consent from “good” men. Therefore, it is important for everyone to speak-up against gender based violence.
  • European Union
    Director of EMCDDA, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
    Violence against women and girls is a serious matter also from a public health perspective. It is a stain on Europe that women can still suffer violence in its diverse forms simply because of their gender. Male dominated cultures exist that tend to create environments in which violence is tolerated, condoned and enabled. Everyday sexism shall not be trivialised and Europe shall be an example. Support services for women and girls to come forward and rebuild their lives need proper funding and training, especially when women do not trust the very criminal justice system that should welcome and protect them. This statement applies unconditionally to all women living in Europe, including migrants.
  • European Union
    President of Eurojust, European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit
    Every day, women throughout the world and from all walks of life face humiliation, discrimination and violence. Victims of violence are forced to handle their plight while their abusers go free and witnesses look the other way. I do not. I am a proud ambassador for the White Ribbon campaign. Together, we must and we can stop violence against women.
  • European Union
    Executive Director of Frontex, European Border and Coast Guard Agency
    Violence against women is the scourge of our global community. It is not limited to any one country or region, but affects the women close to us and in all walks of life: our mothers and our daughters, top managers and the migrants reaching Europe’s shores each day. We must not lose any more time, but join forces to eradicate this abuse for good.
  • European Union
    Director of FRA, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
    “We must act urgently against gender-based violence and misogyny to ensure that women and girls can live free from violence in a society that treats them with full equality. It is thoroughly unacceptable that one in three women in the EU have experienced physical and/or sexual violence and more than one in two women have been sexually harassed, as FRA’s EU-wide survey shows.”
  • European Union
    Deputy Director of CEPOL, European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
    Violence against women is a pervasive human rights violation. It knows no boundaries of geography, culture or wealth. I firmly believe today that the only way to stop violence against women is to speak out and I refuse to be silent.
  • 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.
  • Germany
    Minister for Social Affairs and Integration of Baden-Württemberg
    I deeply condemn any form of violence. The fact that many women are the victims of domestic violence on a daily basis is intolerable. This is something men must stand up against.
  • European Union
    Vice President of the European Parliament
    Violence against women is not acceptable and cruel. The European Parliament must be a shining example in combatting this crime by any political means.
  • European Union
    Vice-President of the European Parliament
    Violence against women is a global problem. The European Parliament has consistently taken a strong stance on this serious issue, and has repeatedly called for action to prevent and combat it.
  • European Union
    First Vice-President of the European Commission
    Eradicating violence against women is fighting for the future of humanity.
  • Germany
    Member of Parliament
    Violence against women is not only a ‘women’s issue’, and calling it such makes it possible for men to ignore it. It’s a men’s issue because it is up to the majority of men to help create a culture in which violence against women is unacceptable and every man takes responsibility for preventing it. White Ribbon Campaigns recognise the positive role that men can play in tackling violence against women. I want to participate in its prevention.
    Read the statement in German
    Gewalt gegen Frauen ist keine „Frauenangelegenheit“. Diese Bezeichnung macht es Männern allerdings möglich das Problem zu ignorieren. Es ist eine Angelegenheit der Männer, weil es auch ihre Verantwortung ist eine Gesellschaft zu schaffen, in der Gewalt gegen Frauen nicht akzeptiert wird. Jeder Mann trägt Mitverantwortung dafür, Gewalt gegen Frauen zu verhindern. Die Kampagne „Weiße Schleife“ unterstreicht die positive Rolle, die wir Männer im Kampf gegen Gewalt gegen Frauen einnehmen können.
  • Germany
    Chairman of the social-democratic parliamentary group at Deutscher Bundestag
    Violence on women is something that concerns all of us. We have to fight it in every appearance - be it domestic violence, sexism or rape. Perpetrators must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
  • Slovakia
    Lawyer at the Slovak National Centre for Human Rights
    Our society lives in 21st century, but still do not fully accepts the equality of men and women. We again and again witness gender based violence instead of equal dialogue. Therefore I support this and all kind of anti-violence activities. Every man should care, because every man has mother, sister, wife, or daughter. We lost too much time - its urgent to end violence now and forever.
  • Germany
    Member of the German Parliament
    We must not tolerate violence against women. It is at odds with our values of equality and violates the human right to physical and mental integrity. The Gewalt gegen Frauen hotline is a nationwide hotline providing advice and support for women who are the victims of violence. Women of all nationalities can contact us anonymously and free of charge by calling 08000 116 016 or by accessing our support online.
    Read the statement in German
    Gewalt an Frauen dürfen wir nicht tolerieren. Es verstößt gegen unsere Werte der Gleichberechtigung und zerstört das Menschenrecht auf körperliche und geistige Unversehrtheit. Das Hilfetelefon "Gewalt gegen Frauen" ist ein deutschlandweites Beratungsangebot für Frauen, die Gewalt erlebt haben oder noch erleben. Unter der Nummer 08000 116 016 und via Online-Beratung unterstützen wir Betroffene aller Nationalitäten anonym und kostenfrei.
  • 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
    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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