Prevention Program at a Glance

The Swiss prevention program includes:


Information / memberships / pledges to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. No badge or white ribbon is given out or sold without the accompanying membership/pledge card, giving information about prevention measures, the extent of violence against women in Switzerland and the purpose of the campaign.

Violence against women is not confined to a specific culture or region, or to particular groups of women within the society. Swiss government and United Nations reports confirm that violence against women is deeply rooted in structural relationships of inequality between men and women. Assimilation and diffusion of these documents aims to increase understanding of the issue.

Assimilate and apply the Action Plan (See “ten things men can do…“).

Promotion of the campaign into Swiss society and its diverse groups, as well as businesses and organizations.

Recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women-25 November, and responding to a huge range of issues including supporting women’s groups working to eliminate abuse and violence, pornography and prostitution, and to facilitate leaving abusive relationships. In Switzerland, one in five women is a victim of physical or sexual violence in her relationships.

Dissemination of an evaluation form to organizations/groups that have a majority of men, e.g. the army, police, sports organizations, the media, etc., to discover what they are doing to change the culture and support the work to end violence against women.

Encouraging education authorities in the Swiss cantons to introduce the problem of violence against women and girls into those sections of school curricula dealing with social issues. Education outreach can ensure that gender equality issues are embedded into the curriculum for education and training programs; it also involves working with trade unions, employers and politicians.

Encouraging the media to report more regularly and forcefully on the issue of gender violence.

Inviting prominent men from many fields who use their leadership and networks to raise awareness and give visibility to ending violence. Men are neither violent nor bad by nature. However, many resolve to actions which can have serious consequences. While some men are part of the problem, all men can be part of the solution! This includes wearing a white ribbon, especially during the 16 Days of activism from 25 November to 10 December each year.

Participation of young men in activities. The use of role models can be very effective. Working with sports organizations can mean working with recognized role models and reaching these young men who spend a great deal of time watching or doing sports.

Organizing annual conferences on the International Day for the elimination of violence against women.

25 November with a focus on progress made in preventing violence and share activities, programs and societal transformation. Women’s activists have marked 25 November (also called the White Ribbon Day) as a day against violence since 1981. The time has come to encourage more men to take on the challenge.

Active participation in the 16 Days of activism against gender violence:

25 November – 10 December (UN International Day of Human Rights), which symbolically links violence against women and human rights and emphasizes that violence against women is a violation of human rights. The 16-day period highlights other significant dates, e.g.

29 November – International Women Human Rights Defender Day;

1 December – World AIDS Day, and

3 December – World Disability Day. Thousands of committed actors around the world participate and organize events during the 16 days. In Switzerland, events in the German-speaking part are coordinated by the and in the French and Italian speaking part, including Geneva UN activities, by the White Ribbon – Campaign Switzerland.

Supporting/joining the UN Secretary General’s global campaign “UNITE to End Violence Against Women”, which proclaims, “We must unite. Violence against women cannot be tolerated, in any form, in any context, in any circumstance, by any political leader or by any government. The time to change is now. Only by standing together and speaking out can we make a difference.”

Lobby the Swiss government to allocate more financial support. Real change comes from the local level empowered by political will.

Regularly consult other White Ribbon websites, which provide updates of events, program activities and important links highlighting prevention of violence against women and girls.