Speaking Out: White Ribbon Newsletter March 2016

Welcome to the first issue of Speaking Out, White Ribbon’s relaunched quarterly newsletter! We’re excited to share White Ribbon news with you and keep you updated on activities and issues in our world. We hope that you will find the content inspiring, relevant and useful.This newsletter will provide you with some concrete examples of things you can do to support the effort to end violence against women and girls. We hear from all of you that you want to do more, more often, to support this important work.

We rely on you to be the champions of change in your family, schools, workplaces and communities.

What can you expect to see in each issue of Speaking Out?

Information about White Ribbon’s activities:
Learn about our most recent event, What Makes A Man 2016 – a day of courageous, candid conversations about men and masculinities.

Ways you can support White Ribbon:
In this issue, we invite you to join us for Walk A Mile In Her Shoes, our largest annual fundraising and awareness event. On May 12, join us at Yonge Dundas Square and show Toronto how we can end violence against women, one wobbly step at a time!

What’s happening in the gender justice movement:
Today International Women’s Day. We’ve highlighted some of the UN actions and other activities around the world.

Spotlight on a community organization:
There are so many incredible community organizations working to end violence against women. In each issue, we will highlight the work of one of these organizations. In this issue, we’re sharing with you the amazing work of Reclaim Your Voice – an event series that gives survivors the chance to speak openly about their experiences in a supportive environment.

The re-launch of this newsletter comes at an important moment for White Ribbon.  2016 marks our 25th year of working with men and boys to end violence against women and girls. From humble beginnings in Toronto, White Ribbon has now spread to over 65 countries around the world, and while we are proud of all we’ve accomplished, the fact that we are still in business is not really a moment to celebrate.  It is a reason to reflect on what we have learned, and push for the transformative change we are all hoping for. Stay tuned for more on [email protected]!

Until the violence stops



What Makes A Man

On February 19th, 2016 we had the honour of welcoming friends, colleagues, partners into heart-felt conversations of tough-truths, personal stories and ways forward for men and masculinity. We hosted panel discussions which explored manhood and sports, how to engage men in creating safer and inclusive environments, and the needs of indigenous people and roles for male allies. This year we included two Snapshot Series, which provided an opportunity to discuss personal life stories in a safe space.

We’ve collected many of these amazing discussions in a series of Storify posts, which can be read here.

We are excited to start working towards What Makes A Man for 2017!

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Walk A Mile, Shoes

Would you Walk A Mile in these shoes?

What if it was to help put an end to violence against women?

On May 12, from 12:00 – 1:00pm, join White Ribbon for Walk A Mile In Her Shoes, our biggest annual fundraising event – strap on a pair of heels and walk a mile through the Financial District to show your support for ending violence against women and girls. Read more > >

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International Women’s Day

First started in 1975, each year on March 8th we celebrate International Women’s Day. This year White Ribbon will be joining UN Women in promoting their Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality Sustainable Development Goals #Planet5050.

UN Women’s #IWD2016 actions will draw attention to the 2030 agenda, which will

equally focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights.

For local actions in and around the Greater Toronto Area BlogTO has an excellent list, updated frequently.


Spotlight: Reclaim Your Voice

Reclaim Your Voice is an event series which provides a platform for men and women who have experienced domestic violence, psychological and sexual abuse, to share raw testimonials, inspirational spoken word pieces and motivational speeches.

Each event gives attendees the opportunity to listen to survivors speak in detail about their experiences, and gives survivors the chance to speak candidly about their experiences while receiving the support of a welcoming and attentive audience.

Learn more on their website and please consider joining their mailing list to be notified of upcoming events.