Our Virtual 8th Annual White Ribbon Breakfast
Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Time: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Join us from the comfort of your living room and be part of the global human rights movement that invites men and boys to be part of the solution in ending violence against women and all other forms of gender-based violence. Active in over 60 countries, the White Ribbon Campaign seeks to promote healthy relationships, gender equity, and a compassionate vision of masculinity.
MASSACHUSETTS WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN
Jane Doe Inc (JDI), the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Abuse, first created the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign in 2007 to raise awareness and highlight the roles of men and boys in ending gender-based violence.
Today, JDI has significantly deepened and expanded the focus of the White Ribbon Day Campaign, developing the #ReimagineManhood frame for discussing gender-based violence and the role of men and boys in the context of broader discussions around gender equity, racial justice and healthy masculinity.
A SHIFT IN FOCUS
Through three different youth programs, we empower girls, foster healthy dating relationships, and engage boys and girls in violence prevention, with an emphasis on reaching students in upper elementary school through high school. Last year, programming was provided to over 1,100 students in our local school districts. The White Ribbon Breakfast gives us the opportunity to focus on the importance of prevention and the essential role that boys and men play. The breakfast raises funds that are crucial to continue this important work.
These programs educate and engage girls and boys in conversations about consent, respect and responsibility, opening the dialog to talk openly about the issues of bullying, racism and how we can band together to erase the negative culture that normalizes abuse.
While 100% of the proceeds from the White Ribbon Breakfast usually fund our youth prevention programming in local area schools, given the current reality of COVID-19, we are also asking for fundraising help with current survivor needs. This virus is impacting situations of domestic violence on many levels, in many layers. Survivors are currently facing isolation, anxiety and increased risk and need access to free and confidential services provided by the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, including safety planning, counseling, legal services, and support with the cost of living expenses, including food and other necessities.