White Ribbon Day and the 16 Days of Activism
White Ribbon Day
White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led campaign to end men’s violence against women. The campaign works through primary prevention initiatives involving awareness raising and education, and programs with youth, schools, workplaces and across the broader community.
White Ribbon Day in Australia marks the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women annually on 25 November. White Ribbon Day signals the start of the 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence, which ends on World Human Rights Day (10 December).
The work of White Ribbon is important because intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence against women, affecting 30 per cent of women worldwide, according to the 2013 World Health Organization report Global and regional estimates of violence against women: Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence.
In Australia, according to Vic Health, intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and ill-health in Australian women aged 15 to 44. Vic Health report.
16 Days of Activism
The 16 Days of Activism against gender violence is an international campaign that starts on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day. The campaign hopes to raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international level.