Cambridge Supports White Ribbon Day Today and Every Day
On March 7, 2013, thousands of men across Massachusetts will stand up and be counted as allies against men’s violence towards women. A group of male employees from the City of Cambridge took part in the White Ribbon Day pledge led by State Representative and Cambridge City Councillor Marjorie C. Decker.
Through the White Ribbon Day campaign, Jane Doe Inc. has joined an international effort to engage more men and boys to help end violence against women, from sexual assault and domestic violence to sex trafficking and sexual harassment.
Violence against women is a human rights violation – and these abuses around the world are obstacles to efforts for peace and gender equality in all societies. The crux of the campaign is for individual men and boys to take the White Ribbon pledge – making a public and private commitment to promote respectful, safe and healthy relationships and communities.
“White Ribbon Day serves as an important reminder of the responsibility we all have year-round to work on ending violence toward women in our community and it especially emphasizes the leadership role that men can take in this effort,” said State Representative and Cambridge City Councillor Marjorie C. Decker.
Ted German, Director of Training Development at Emerge, a Counseling and Education program in Cambridge that works to stop abusive behavior in intimate relationships added his support as well, “We have always strongly supported The White Ribbon Campaign that encourages men take the lead in challenging other men to stop abuse and violence against women.”
This statewide event ties in well with Cambridge’s domestic violence awareness campaign, 21 Days of Questions/ 365 Days of Action launched last year and continuing in 2013.
For more information about the White Ribbon Campaign, visit: http://whiteribbonday.janedoe.org/.