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How does White Ribbon work?

White Ribbon invites men to swear an oath never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women. The White Ribbon Oath is a commitment to promote positive attitudes and behaviours towards women and, when needed, intervene safely to prevent violence against women.

Each year on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, men and women across Australia are encouraged to wear a white ribbon as a symbol of this oath. Swearing the Oath and wearing the ribbon are public displays of a person’s commitment to the Campaign.

White Ribbon in Australia is led by thousands of male Ambassadors who, through living the White Ribbon Oath, act as role models in their communities. These men have taken up the challenge to be the leaders of the Campaign. Women also support White Ribbon through their roles as White Ribbon Champions.

Through a combination of awareness-raising campaigns, community events and primary prevention initiatives with schools, universities, workplaces and sporting bodies, White Ribbon works to end the attitudes and behaviours which lead to violence against women.