Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Day

I find it quite perplexing that the White Ribbon Campaign in the UK has decided to make November 25th White Ribbon Day since women’s groups have been using it as a day of protest since 1981. Actually, I find it quite disrespectful to women in the UK who have been protesting on November 25th for years and  to the men in Canada who created the White Ribbon Campaign as a way for men to take responsibility for male violence against women in light of the massacre of 14 women at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6th 1989.

This is the statement from the feminist organisation of Nia on why they are talking about The International Day to End Violence Against Women and not White Ribbon Day. I agree with it completely. Today should be about women’s voices discussing and debating violence against women. Men do have a part in these debates but they don’t help when they co-opt a day created for women by women. The White Ribbon Day should be December 6th: a day when women mourn 14 women murdered just for being women and a day when men take responsibility for male violence against women.

25th November – Are you talking about The International Day to End Violence Against Women or White Ribbon Day? 

#IDTEVAW #whiteribbonday 

Women’s activists have marked November 25 as a day to fight violence against women since 1981. In July 1981, women from across Latin America came together in Columbia. They decided to hold an annual day of protest on 25th November for this International Day Against Violence Against Women in memory of the Mirabel sisters. Patria, Maria Teresa and Minerva Mirabel were assassinated in a ’car accident’ in the Dominican Republic in 1960. They were political activists, killed for their involvement in efforts to overthrow the fascist government of Rafael Trujillo.
In 1991, the first White Ribbon Campaign was launched by a group of men in Canada after the mass shooting of 14 female students at the University of Montreal.

On December 17, 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The UN invited governments, international organisations and NGOs to organise activities designated to raise public awareness of violence against women on this day.

The White Ribbon Campaign has become a global campaign to ensure men take more responsibility for reducing the level of violence against women. We support men’s acknowledgement of their role in ending violence against women but we don’t want men’s contribution to overwrite that of women and therefore, nia’s focus is on 25th November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

16 Days of Action on Violence Against Women: A Bloghop

For the past few weeks, people have been saying that Feminism is Dead. Personally, I think that position requires rather a tremendous amount of cognitive dissonance and running about with fingers in ones ears singing. It is so patently untrue that even responding feels silly. There is so much brilliant feminist activism in the UK right now: with grassroots organisations and political lobbying groups get real media attention.

Just as importantly, Feminists have been reclaiming the internet through social media and blogging. Everyday I find myself in awe and inspired by the most amazing, incredible and brilliant women; their writing, their art and their souls. It is a sisterhood (re)awakening. As part of the 16 Days of Action on Violence Against Women, I want to share these voices that have inspired me. I am starting a bloghop where a new blogger will link a piece each day. Some of these will be new. Some of these are older pieces which require rereading. They are personal, political, academic, but, most of all, women’s voices. Some will be heart-breaking. Some will just inspire. Others are designed to provoke.

I want to hear new voices too. Please link your blogs. Link as many different pieces as you would like. We need to hear one another. That way, the next time someone posts a silly article about Feminism being Dead, we can just ignore it. And, continue celebrating with our sisters.

This is a Blog Hop!

1. What is funfeminism? And how

2. Name The Problem

3. Ann Summers misogyny tour

4. The Countess of Strathearn

5. Femfresh

6. The lies I had to tell myself

7. Misogyny – A Taboo Word?

8. Hiding Under The Bed

9. Violence at Christmas

10. Avoid The Knife – FGM in Kenya

11. Right, listen up everybody

12. The truth about body hair.

13. 16 Days – Disability

14. There in the Shadows FGM in UK

15. Put Yourslef in their Shoes

16. Violence & mental healthcare

17. Govt commits new money on VAWG

18. Red Flags

19. Supporting Women Is Vital

20. The Myth Of Female Brutality

21. Jeremy Kyle: Excusing Abuse

22. Disney And Its 3D Misogyny

23. Parable of the justice evader

24. Rape: our dirty little secret

25. The rapists safe space

26. Victim Blaming Celeb Style

27. On prostitution

28. Reporting

29. WTF is TYFA? A new generation.

30. Eat Factory-Farmed Chicken

31. Feminism & Women-Only Spaces

32. Femen Redux

33. Reclaiming the Internet