Canadian Muslims Launch Annual White Ribbon Campaign
(November 12, 2013) – Canadian Muslims today announced the launch of the 3rd Annual Muslims for White Ribbon Campaign to work towards ending violence against women.
“This campaign will allow Muslim Canadians to reflect on the reality of violence against women,” said Muneeb Nasir, Co-Chair of the Muslims for White Ribbon Campaign. “We hope to challenge everyone, especially men and boys, to speak out and think about their own beliefs, language and actions.
The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) is the largest grassroots effort in the world of men working to end violence against women.
The Muslims for White Ribbon Campaign was launched three years ago with Imams and Muslim leaders committing to join with others to work to end violence against women.
“By wearing a white ribbon and making a personal pledge to ‘never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls’ men can act as positive role models and advocates for change,” said Muneeb Nasir.
The Campaign will be run from November 25, 2013 [International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women] and culminate in White Ribbon Days at the Reviving the Islamic Spirit Conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (Dec 27 – Dec 29).
A National Khutba Campaign in which Imams across the country will deliver a sermon on Violence Against Women is scheduled for Friday, December 6, 2013 to coincide with the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada.
The main goals of Muslims for White Ribbon Campaign are to:
● Break the silence on violence against women in the Muslim community by encouraging Mosques and organizations to sponsor awareness events and deliver a Friday Khutba (on December 14) on this issue.
● Promote healthy relationships through education.
● Create partnerships among Mosques, women’s organizations, and social agencies to create a future without violence against women.
“The campaign is organized by a committee of volunteers – fathers, sons, grandfathers, brothers, uncles, and friends,” said Muneeb Nasir. “Violence against women and girls is unacceptable and we are committed to working with our fellow citizens to eliminate it.”
Further information about the Muslims for White Ribbon Campaign can be found at: www.MuslimsforWhiteRibbon.com