The University Students’ Council is pleased to present the White Ribbon Campaign (WRC), which is the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women. To show support, students are encouraged to wear a white ribbon from December 4th to December 6th.
Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls. Wearing a white ribbon is a way of saying, “Our future has no violence against women.” In over fifty-five countries, campaigns are led by both men and women in support of the White Ribbon Campaign; however, the focus of this initiative is on educating men and boys.
Additionally, on December 6th at 10:00am in the Mustang East Lounge, a memorial service will be held to commemorate the victims of the Montreal Massacre, where fourteen women were killed in an act of “fighting feminism.” The service will involve speeches from the Associate Dean of Engineering, Dr. Kehler from Western’s Faculty of Education and a moment of silence to remember the victims of that day.
“It is important to engage men in the dialogue about violence against women, and recognize how it effects our campus. The Montreal Massacre was a horrific event that took place in a university setting, and it is important to see how far we have come and also be critical of how to make things better,” stated Myuri Komaragiri, Vice President of Campus Issues.
Ribbons will be available in the UCC, the USC office and the Peer Support Centre (UCC 38). For more information regarding this event, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/204097716392482/?fref=ts.