The White Ribbon Principles

When Confronted With Men’s Violence Against Women Challenge sexist jokes and language Sexist jokes and misogynistic language help to reinforce gender stereotypes and normalize violent behaviour against women. As difficult as it may be, by challenging that kind of language and those types of jokes, you are setting a positive example by helping raise awareness about violence against women. Here is a common scenario. Your buddy says, “I have a good joke for you.” You get a little smile on your face waiting to have a good laugh but instead you hear a joke that degrades women. It describes women as incompetent, weak, constantly hysterical, or as mere sexualized body parts. Many jokes speak of horrible violence such as rape in a supposed “lighthearted” manner. That frozen smile is still on your face but you feel very uncomfortable inside and you know that this just does not feel right. You want to say something but the rest of the guys seem to be enjoying it. They have smiles on their faces and you don’t want to be the downer of the party. But maybe, just maybe some of them are thinking the same thing you are and that smile on their face is just as uncomfortable as yours.

When you challenge potential offenders, you break an important cycle. At least you’ve planted the seed letting them know where you stand. Knowing you’re doing your part to create a world where ending violence against women is taken seriously and sexism and violence are no longer a laughing matter.Every time you do it, it gets a little easier! Challenge a man who is abusing his partner If you knew your friend was abusing his girlfriend, what would you do? Many men want to say something but don’t know where to start. Challenging someone about abuse is never easy and there is no one way to go about it. Here are a few things to keep in mind:  Before confronting any man about his abusive behaviour, keep in mind that this may aggravate him to the point that he will take it out on his partner. The best thing to do is to talk to his partner about what you want to do. Make sure she has a safety plan in case he was to become abusive again. Help to inform her of options such as the availability of local women shelters and crisis lines.

Does she have friends or family to stay with? Discuss your concerns with her and ask how you can support her. If you ever suspect that she may be in immediate danger, consider calling the police and/or helping her find a safe place to stay.Don’t become hostile or aggressive since that will likely put that person on the defensive, and besides, you’re trying to talk to him about non-violence so the last thing you want to do is follow his example. You can simply let him know that what he’s doing isn’t right and that it is really hurting someone he cares about. You may find that he will react in two different ways. He may deny the whole thing, make excuses (such as being drunk), try to blame her, or become angry at the insinuation that he was abusive. Or on the other hand, he may tell you that he feels ashamed of his behaviour. He may ask for help in ensuring that it does not happen again or he may just want to talk about it with you. When listening to him, it is important never to excuse his behaviour. Remind him that you are not judging him as a person but that you cannot allow his behaviour to continue unchecked.

The White Ribbon Campaign welcome all men, who are serious about taking a stand against violence towards women, to use the White Ribbon Campaign as a vehicle to help create positive change for all men and boys and to make the world safer for women and girls. Please visit our web site for more information about us and the resources available.Take some time to talk to the women in your life. Ask them what their thoughts are on the issue of violence against women. Most of all, listen to them, truly listen. The best way to help influence other men about ending violence against women is to set an example and then spread the word.

 Be a good role model for younger men in your life (sons, brothers, nephews, etc) and teach them how men can be respectful towards women and not use sexist language, demeaning jokes, and violent behaviour towards others. Support and join other men who are working to make a difference and are standing up for what is right. Let them know that they are part of a larger community of caring men, since many men stay quiet simply because they think they will be alone in their stand. Direct them to the White Ribbon web site and they’ll realize they’re not alone.Volunteer for a local organization or help fundraise for a women’s shelter or sexual assault centre. Start a White Ribbon Campaign in your school, workplace, place of worship, or in your local community.Involve your teachers, school mates, co-workers, friends, family members,and local community leaders. Our Future Has No Violence Against Women


Afrikiko Global-Iceland Panorama Centre

Afrikiko is also the proud Icelandic representative organisation that promotes the work, concepts and ideas of this global campaign against violence on women and men. White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.Starting in 1991, we asked men to wear white ribbons as a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls. Since then the White Ribbon has spread to over 60 countries around the world.
We work to examine the root causes of gender-based violence and create a cultural shift that helps bring us to a future without violence.
Our vision is for a masculinity that embodies the best qualities of being human. We believe that men are part of the solution and part of a future that is safe and equitable for all people.Through education, awareness-raising, outreach, technical assistance, capacity building, partnerships and creative campaigns, White Ribbon is helping create tools, strategies and models that challenge negative, outdated concepts of manhood and inspire men to understand and embrace the incredible potential they have to be a part of positive change.To book a White Ribbon workshop, training or presentation, please fill out our Workshop Request Form online.White Ribbon positively engages men, young men and boys through relevant educational programming that challenges language and behaviours, as well as harmful ideas of manhood that lead to violence against women.

Our programmes include:
Engaging workshops. presentations and talks for middle, high school and post-secondary students as well as people from all walks of life.
Trainings and presentations for educators and teacher candidates around promoting gender equality in classrooms and schools.
Sessions explore realities for women and girls as well as pressures on men and boys and ways they can become allies for change that affects everyone.
Sessions & topics include “Who’s The Man?’, “Blueprints for Change’, “Behind The Masc
To book a White Ribbon workshop, training or presentation, please fill out our Workshop Request Form online.
Please visit our Events page for a calendar of upcoming workshops, seminars, talks and more!

Encouraging and inspiring fathers, father figures, educators, community leaders, coaches and family members to embrace being positive, strong role models for the young men and boys around them by valuing women as equal and teaching how to have healthy, equal relationships.
Tips, Tools, e-Modules and Videos to view and share. Interactive campaign that aims to engage in a dialogue about sexual violence.
Challenging common myths about sexual violence, equipping bystanders with information on how to intervene safely and effectively.
Series of scenario postcards and posters, PSAs and podcasts.We also believe in starting early and therefore organise special events for boys before and in their teens. Annual Conferences in partnership with Elementary Teachers  in bringing boys together to discuss gender equality, respect and healthy relationships and steps they can take to make a difference. Uses interactive workshops, drama, art, video, peer educators and other engaging facilitation styles, guest speakers.