White Ribbon Day

"We are here today to come together as men to be your partner in this pledge to end domestic violence against women. The men here today believe that domestic violence against women in any form is unacceptable and we all must play a part in preventing abuse from happening to anyone in the Commonwealth." - Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray, March 3, 2011

White Ribbon Day at the State House

On March 3, 2011 Lt. Governor Murray joined Governor Patrick for the 4th Annual Massachusetts White Ribbon Day at the State House. Massachusetts White Ribbon Day is a Men's initiative project of Jane Doe, Inc. It is connected with an international campaign called The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC). WRC was created by a handful of Canadian men in 1991 on the second anniversary of one man's massacre of fourteen women in Montreal. They began the WRC to urge men to speak out against violence against women. Today, the WRC is a worldwide campaign in over 55 countries that has collected well over 5 million signatures and growing.

In 2008, Jane Doe Inc. launched a state initiative for Massachusetts to join this international campaign to engage men in an effort to end violence against women, men and children. The approach is one of celebrating positive masculinity; inviting men and boys to be leaders to help end violence against women; and encouraging men and boys to contribute to a solution in any number of ways.

Their goals of White Ribbon Day are to change social attitudes and beliefs that perpetuate and make excuses for violence against women, promote safety and respect, foster a positive image of masculinity, and build a network of resounding voices that will support and advance JDI initiatives.