ATU Local 113, in collaboration with the Women’s Committee, encourages its brothers to join the growing movement of men who wear white ribbons in recognition of their pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.
The White Ribbon Campaign began in Toronto in 1991 following the senseless killing of 14 female students in Montreal two years prior. Today, the White Ribbon Campaign has expanded to over 60 countries and is a symbol of men’s opposition to male violence against women.
ATU Local 113 members can show their support by taking the White Ribbon pledge, which inspires positive change for the women and girls we respect in our lives.
The pledge is a commitment to:
- Never commit, condone or stay silent about violence against women
- Show that you really mean it by promising to:
- Talk to a younger man about consent
- Share feminist calls to action and news on social media
- Support women’s organizations and shelters that provide services to survivors of violence
- Ask peers to not use sexist or violent language when referring to women
- Create safe and supportive spaces for the women by practicing active listening
- Encourage and support gender equality initiatives at work
- Talk to men about why gender equality is important and how they can play an active role
- Make a plan of action
Along with the pledge, the campaign encourages men and boys to wear a white ribbon from November 25, the International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women, until Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6.
Share the pledge on social media, by email and through talking with your friends, family and ATU Local 113 brothers.