Different ribbon colors have been used in this generation as symbols of protest. The yellow ribbon was extensively used in the pro-democracy protests that swept Hongkong. However another ribbon color is gradually gaining popularity among different countries.
Last Wednesday, February 11, I attended a White Ribbon Campaign where we pledged out support towards the rising awareness on violence against women. Many women are suffering in silence due to domestic abuse and we encourage these women to come forward so that they will be provided with the necessary support.
In 2014, I also attended a similar White Ribbon Campaign in Shropshire Council that encouraged men to take a proactive stance so that violence against women can be eliminated. Not all men are abusive towards women and they do not condone the violence that is perpetuated by a minority group. We have been asked to sign to pledge our support and take an active stand for the success of the campaign. One way to show support is by wearing the white ribbon and encouraging other to do the same. Even women and children were unanimous with their support because many have been victims of abusive relationship. If everybody takes action, they can make a huge difference.
How did the White Ribbon Campaign start? Based on my research, on the afternoon of December 6, 1989, a man walked inside the Ecole Polytechnic University in Montreal and killed 14 of his classmates. The nation was traumatized by the event and the issue on women violence started to raise awareness among people. After two years, a handful of men in Toronto decided that they can do something to stop the violence against women if they moved. This started the White Ribbon Campaign in Canada and became an annual awareness campaign.
An individual does not need to experience violence to get involved. You cannot just sit on the sidelines while women and children are facing the risks of harm. We have to speak up so that our voices will be heard. Every individual has the capacity to change and encourage others to make changes within their own selves.