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White Ribbon Day 2018 is moving to 23 November

From 2018 onwards, White Ribbon Day will move from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to the Friday before 25 November. 

This year, White Ribbon Day will be on Friday 23 November. 

White Ribbon Day will continue to be a time for the community to come together and stand up, speak out and act to end men’s violence against women and children.

White Ribbon also looks forward to supporting the United Nations UNiTE to End Violence against Women and the 16 Days of Activism campaigns which are held internationally from 25 November – 10 December each year.

Why the change?

White Ribbon Australia’s single objective is to eliminate all forms of men’s violence against women and children.

White Ribbon Day is the most important day of the year in our movement’s work. This isn’t changing. It’s a BIG day – but so is the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. So we’ve asked ourselves, why have two BIG days of action on the same day? Why not separate them, to have maximum impact from the work we are all doing to end men’s violence against women and children?

Over the past 12 months there has been a significant spotlight and global outcry in response to the sheer magnitude of sexual harassment and other forms of violence that women everywhere suffer, every day.

Moving the day will make sure that the hard work we do together on White Ribbon Day has the greatest impact possible, and will also support the work of the international community on November 25 in our common goal.

Because we know that together every community can end violence against women and children.


This policy statement represents the organisational position of White Ribbon Australia. It does not represent the individual opinions and views of our stakeholders, including, but not limited to, our Ambassadors, Advocates, Partners and staff members.

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