Our 9th Annual White Ribbon Event
Date: Monday, March 22, 2021
Join us for a two-week online event, featuring a daily reveal of impactful videos, kicking off on Monday, March 22. 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, girls and students that are gender non-conforming 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. Our annual White Ribbon event gives us the opportunity to focus on the importance of youth violence prevention and the essential role that boys and men play. This event raises funds that are crucial to continue this important work.
These programs educate and engage students 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 annual White Ribbon event usually fund our Youth Empowerment Services in local area schools, given the current reality of COVID-19, we are also asking for fundraising help with current survivor needs. This pandemic is continuing to impact situations of domestic violence on many levels, in many layers. Survivors are facing isolation, anxiety and increased risk and need access to free and confidential services, including safety planning, counseling, legal services, and support with the cost of living expenses, including food and other necessities.