Violence against women is a men’s issue
45% procent of Dutch women over 15 have experienced some kind of physical or sexual violence and 10% of them have been raped. These are shocking figures and this must change.
In nine out of ten cases of violence against women, the perpetrator is a man, usually a friend or relative of the victim. Luckily, most men don’t use violence but unfortunately too many men remain silent when it comes to violence against women. Many men don’t know how often violence against women occurs, or do not want to believe it.
Men can be part of the solution when they become aware of the scope of the problem, when they have the courage to speak up about their own conduct or when they start to have conversations with other men about this issue. The White Ribbon Campaign calls on men to endorse the statement that they will never commit violence against women, will never justify it and will never conceal it.
As from 2018 the White Ribbon Campaign is being developed further in the form of the ‘Deltaplan‘.
Do you want to make a case for a world without violence against women? In the White Ribbon Campaign, men all over the world endorse the following statement:
“I will never use violence against women, will never condone it and will never remain silent about it.”
Speak up and fill out the form and click on ‘STOP GEWELD TEGEN VROUWEN’
Your name will not be published anywhere on the website and your personal details will be treated confidentially.
The cartoon on the left is part of ‘Prachtige Vrouwen’ (Beautiful Women), a project with 16 graphic stories about women who stand up for themselves. Men also have to stand up for women, that’s why this story urges men to take their responsibility and to speak up against violence against women.
The project ‘Prachtige Vrouwen’ is an initiative of Stijn Schenk. The project was funded by the Bank Giro Lottery Fund. The graphic story for the White Ribbon campaign was written in cooperation with, and drawn by the fantastic Flemish illustrator Alex Skim.
Click on the picture left to see the whole cartoon.