White ribbons symbolize men’s commitment to end violence against women.
Normally, a man wearing a ribbon doesn’t project the most masculine of images, but an upcoming White Ribbon Campaign hopes to show that donning a ribbon exemplifies a distinctive strength.
Sacramento State’s One Man Can Program is sponsoring the first annual White Ribbon Campaign beginning Monday, Nov. 26 and continuing through Friday, Nov. 30. The campaign organizers are asking that all men in the campus community wear a white ribbon for the entire week. The ribbons symbolize each man’s personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
During the week, a pledge against violence ceremony will take place at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 27 in Sacramento Hall 275. During the ceremony, the One Man Can Program is asking men to sign a “pledge against violence card” as Sacramento State’s symbolic gesture to the community that men at Sacramento State will take a stance against violence.
Manuel Lopez, Men’s Program coordinator for the Women’s Resource Center, organized the White Ribbon Campaign. “Every day, four women die in the U.S. as a result of domestic violence,” he says. “Children who have witnessed violence at home are five times more likely to commit or suffer from violence when they become adults. Violence against women is a serious issue, and we decided to adopt this campaign in order to promote the idea of men ending violence,” he says.
The White Ribbon Campaign is an international campaign that began in Canada in 1991 in response to the Montreal Massacre at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique, in which a gunman targeted and killed 14 female students. After the incident, a group of men began the campaign to wear white ribbons as a symbol of men’s opposition to violence against women. Since then, the White Ribbon Campaign has become the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence toward women.
Sacramento State’s One Man Can Program is a collaboration between the Women’s Resource Center and the Student Health Center.
For more information, contact the One Man Can Program at (916) 278-2735 or visit http://www.csus.edu/wrc/mens_program.stm. For media assistance, contact the Sacramento State Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.