What is the White Ribbon – Campaign Switzerland?
Launched in Geneva on 14 February 2009 (St. Valentine’s Day), the Swiss campaign joins the largest effort in the world of men working to prevent and help end violence against women and girls. In over fifty countries, campaigns are led by both men and women, with a focus on educating men and boys about preventing, and ultimately ending, violence and abuse.
Who runs the White Ribbon – Campaign Switzerland?
The Swiss campaign is an initiative of the Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF) and is led by Swiss White Ribbon Ambassadors, annual White Ribbon paying members and a small dedicated staff organizing the campaign. WWSF is a Swiss, not-for-profit, non-denominational foundation, international NGO serving the implementation of women and children’s rights and the UN development and peace agenda. WWSF has UN consultative status (ECOSOC, UNFPA, DPI).Around the world, the White Ribbon Campaign is led by many different organizations. The heart and soul of the organization are concerned men and women like you.
What type of organization is the White Ribbon – Campaign Switzerland?
Not only does it include men and women from varying social and political perspectives, it is an organization that avoids becoming hierarchical or bureaucratic. We want to keep our emphasis on the community, on the schools, workplaces and the media.
What does it mean to wear a white ribbon?
Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls. It is a way of saying, “Our future has no violence against women and I support the campaign”. You can use a cloth ribbon or the small white ribbon metal pin to show your support.What are the goals of the White Ribbon – Campaign Switzerland and how are they accomplished?
The main goal is helping to prevent and ultimately end violence against women and girls in all its forms. We accomplish this in five ways:

  • Raising public awareness of the issue.
  • Challenging everyone to speak out, and think about their own beliefs, language and actions.
  • Educating young people, especially young men and boys, on the issue through educational resources.
  • Working in partnership with women’s organizations, the corporate sector, the United Nations, the media and other partners to create a future with no violence against women.
  • Supporting Swiss campaign members with our experience, resources and networks.

Current Activities of the Swiss Campaign

  • Information sharing, documentation and promotion.
  • Development of the Swiss White Ribbon Ambassadors’ network.
  • Website management in 4 languages.
  • Organization of conferences, workshops, stands, public gatherings, monthly Open Doors meetings, presentations in schools, workplaces, and community centers.
  • Fundraising and partnership building to connect various levels of society.
  • Developing TV spots and PR materials for public awareness-raising.
  • 25 November (International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women) is the date for an annual Geneva Conference to review progress, learn about activities in Switzerland, and hear from the Swiss White Ribbon Ambassadors.
  • 25 November – 10 December: 16 Days of activism for prevention and elimination of violence against women, ending December 10 (World Human Rights Day), including public stands and Open Doors at WWSF headquarters. A Swiss program of activities is published in German by the Christlicher Friedensdienst in Berne and in French and English by WWSF in Geneva.
  • Support for the UN Campaign (UNITE to End Violence Against Women).
Why wear a White Ribbon?

Every year men are invited to wear the white ribbon during the 16 Days of activism, starting 25 November – UN International Day for the elimination of violence against women – and ending December 10 – International Human Right’s Day.

“Violence against women is a form of discrimination and a violation of Human Rights”

The White Ribbon Campaign’s objective is to sensitize society / men and make them conscious of the fact that violence against women is a world phenomenon, a systemic problem, rooted in unbalanced power sharing and unequal structures between men and women. We recommend the reading of the UN Secretary General’s in-depth study on violence against women.

Men are neither violent nor bad by nature. However, many end up taking actions, which can have serious consequences. While some men are part of the problem, all men can be part of the solution!

Facts: Violence in Switzerland

In Switzerland, one in five women is a victim of physical or sexual violence in her relationships.
Violence against women causes more deaths and disabilities among women aged 15-44 than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents, and war.

Link to Facts in Switzerland

Link to UN Facts

Link to UN Study on Violence Against Women

“Violence against women and girls continues unabated in every continent, country and culture. It takes a devastating toll on women’s lives, on their families and on society as a whole. Most societies prohibit such violence – yet the reality is that too often, it is covered up or tacitly condoned”. – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon