A global movement
How did White Ribbon Australia start?
White Ribbon Australia is part of a global movement to end men’s violence against women. The White Ribbon movement has been active in Australia for almost 15 years, since it was brought to Australia by UNIFEM, now UN Women. For more information about White Ribbon’s past, see our History page.
In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly declared 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, with a white ribbon as its iconic symbol.
In 2013, the World Health Organization published the first systematic international review on the prevalence of violence against women. The review found that violence against women is a violation of human rights affecting more than one third of all women globally. The review concluded that the prevalence of violence constitutes ‘a global public health problem of epidemic proportions, requiring urgent action’.
White Ribbon in Australia
White Ribbon began in Australia in 2003. It is Australia’s only national male-led violence prevention campaign and is part of the largest global male-led movement to stop men’s violence against women. Activity focuses on primary prevention programs in schools and workplaces as well as advocating for change in attitudes and practices in the community, industry and in public policy. White Ribbon Australia is 90% community funded.