UNH Men are Part of the Solution!
During the month of April, The UNH White Ribbon Campaign (UNHWRC) works towards inspiring men at UNH to “Be Part of the Solution” of helping to end violence against women on campus and throughout their lives. It's about being part of the conversation towards change in what it means to be a man, offering tips on how men can help end sexual assault and harassment, and asking you to know when to engage and speak out against violence against women.
The WRC Pledge:
“Never commit, condone, nor remain silent about violence against women”
This year the 2018 UNHWRC will be encompassing efforts to engage men in various places across campus. These efforts start with a pledge, followed by awareness raising and training. This approach is how SHARPP intends to engage men meaningfully across UNH.
Take the Pledge! The UNHWRC will be tabling in the MUB and other significant events throughout April. Stop by and get a ribbon, learn what it means, and commit to ending violence.
Every hall and apartment will be invited to participate in an interactive lobby program that asks residents “What’s one thing you can do to end violence at UNH?”. Participant answers will be written and displayed in the shape of a white ribbon to help raise awareness across campus.
During the last week of April, there will be two opportunities to attend Escalation workshops to identify when abusive relationships escalate and how to intervene safely. The Escalation Workshop is a film-based discussion that opens people’s eyes to the warning signs of relationship abuse. The workshop consists of a film, Escalation, followed by a guided discussion led by a trained facilitator. Specific dates and times will be announced soon!
For more information on this year’s campaign, request materials, or get involved please contact SHARPP’s Prevention Specialist, Zachary, at email@example.com.
Violence Against Women Is A Men’s Issues
Fact: Statistically men are the primary perpetrators of violence against women.
Fact: Men have the power to speak out and intervene when male friends, relatives and colleagues insult or abuse women.
Fact: The lives of our partners, friends, sisters and daughters are damaged by violence and abuse.
Fact: Men can help create a culture in which the behavior of abusive men becomes unacceptable.
Can Women Join the White Ribbon Campaign?
The White Ribbon Campaign is only for men. However, women are encouraged to wear the teal Sexual Assault Awareness Month ribbon pin. These can be obtained by visiting/contacting the SHARPP office or at our table in the MUB throughout the month of April.
History of the White Ribbon Campaign
In 1989, a gunman killed 14 women students at the University of Montreal and then turned the gun on himself. His suicide note claimed his reason behind the act was because he blamed feminists for his failures in life. In 1991, Canadian male activists started the White Ribbon Campaign in opposition to violence against women and gender inequality and in remembrance of the massacre.
The White Ribbon Campaign is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.
In 2017 the UNHWRC held two events:
- WildActs Training Event: 4/26|6pm MUB Wildcat Den: “YOU CAN HELP” interactive theatre experience that will focus on how you can help in situations related to physical or sexual abuse in a relationship.