A nasty, woman-hating group of men has created a fake White Ribbon website. Their goal is to spread myths about rape and violence against women, confuse people about the very real problem of men’s violence against women, and con people into giving them money. I’m very proud to reprint the response by the Canadian White [...]

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The first of a week-long series with White Ribbon stories & links from around the world…

And check out The Guardian article by Gary Barker and me, “We Must [...]

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First a quick story. In early December, I was getting on an Air New Zealand flight from Brisbane to Auckland and there was a group who looked like they were from some South Pacific island. Men and women: tall and striking with flowers in their hair. On the plane, one of the men was [...]

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On December 6, 1989, Canada changed forever. Until that day, thousands of women in our country suffered violence with little recourse. A woman beaten was a woman ignored. A woman raped was a woman who asked for it. A woman harassed at work was a woman who couldn’t [...]

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Letter from Italy

On November 20, 2006 By Michael Kaufman

In the end it was the boys.

I was in Parma, the sixth of ten cities during my two weeks in Italy, itself the fourth and final country on this speaking trip. The events in Italy were starting to blur: the eighteen workshops for teachers or students, the ten speeches and press conferences, interviews on [...]

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Letter from China

On December 31, 2002 By Michael Kaufman

At the invitation of the United Nations agency, UNIFEM, I travelled to Beijing at the end of November 2002 to give a series of talks and discuss the development of a campaign in China to end violence against women.

No large-scale surveys exist of the extent of violence against women in China. Small studies and [...]

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If it were between countries, we’d call it a war. If it were a disease, we’d call it an epidemic. If it were an oil spill, we’d call it a disaster. But it is happening to women, and it’s just an everyday affair.

It is violence against women. It is sexual harassment at work and [...]

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White Ribbon Campaign

White Ribbon Campaign

This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the White Ribbon Campaign, men working to end violence against women.  What started as an idea three of us discussed around a kitchen table has now spread to 75 or 80 countries.  Visit www.whiteribbon.com or campaign sites around the world.
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