November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which this year also includes the return of Take Back the Night in Winnipeg
Abuse and violence can happen in any relationship and between different genders, but the reality is men are more likely to use physical and sexual violence against women. No matter what abuse is never ok. Abuse is always a choice. If you are experiencing abuse, remember it is not your fault, and no one deserves abuse. If you know about abuse that is happening, or if you are experiencing abuse tell someone you trust. Teens in Manitoba can also use phone lines for support. The Klinic Crisis Line is 204-786-8686 or 1-888-322-3019, Kids Help Phone is 1-800-668-6868, both are free.
We all have a role in ending gender based violence. The White Ribbon Campaign is an opportunity for men to show their commitment to ending violence against women. What can men do to help?
- Think about the kind of man you want to be. Be true to yourself.
- Be respectful towards women, girls, trans/gender neutral people and other guys. Sexism, transphobia and homophobia hurts us all.
- Never use force, threats, or violence in your relationships with others.
- Always ask for consent. Whether it’s holding hands, kissing, or more, we always have to ask.
- Wear a white ribbon and speak out against violence against women.
- Be a role model to other guys and share with those around you the importance of respecting women and girls
- Learn about the impact of violence against women in our communities.
- Speak out against hurtful language, sexist jokes, and bullying.
- Accept your role as a guy in helping end violence against women. It affects everyone.
- Start a White Ribbon Club or Campaign in your school or community.