Men’s Pledges to End Violence against Women and Girls

For 16 years White Ribbon has been asking men to sign the pledge “Never commit, never excuse and never remain silent about mens violence against women”

White Ribbon has recorded some 60,000 pledges. Sometimes men have added comments about why they are pledging.

Each of the phrases below starts with the phrase:

I want to end men’s violence against women because:

The UN describes Violence against Woman and Girls as the worst Human rights violation in the world today.

I want to end men’s violence against women because:

“All women have the right to live their lives free from the threat or reality of violence.”

I want to end men’s violence against women because:

“No woman should ever have to endure the feeling of a man’s fist. Any man who does that is a disgrace to the human race.”

I want to end men’s violence against women because:

“It’s wrong. Violence against women will only cease when men stand up and challenge other men, their attitudes and beliefs. Silence is not an option. Silence excuses domestic violence, trafficking, pornography, the sex trade, female genital mutilation, so called honour based violence and rape.”

I want to end men’s violence against women because:

“I have two daughters and I want to make sure this never happens to them It has happened to too many of my friends and it needs to stop. “

I want to end men’s violence against women because:

“I grew up in a house where my Dad was violent against my Mum and I am lucky that I still have a Mum. A couple of times there was a real risk of him killing her and I would have grown up with a murderer for a father and non mother. Real men do not dominate the women they love, or threaten them with violence or act violently towards them.”

I want to end men’s violence against women because:

“Domestic Violence is still a taboo subject in many families. communities, educational institutions and workplaces. We each need to take it upon ourselves to change this, by wearing a white ribbon and talking openly about the problem and challenging the social / media representations that inadvertently encourage domestic violence.”

I want to end men’s violence against women because:

“I am a child survivor and I know what it can be like to have a mum who is a victim, a father who is a perp and does not have the skills to change. I know what it is like to be a child who is powerless to stop the violence abuse and control.”

I want to end men’s violence against women because:

“The more people who speak out, the harder it will be for men to be violent against women”

I want to end men’s violence against women because:

“I believe both men and women are dehumanized by a society where rape, domestic violence and abuse are so commonplace”

I want to end men’s violence against women because:

“I’ve seen what it can do to the victims mentally. It’s not all physical.”

I want to end men’s violence against women because:

“No personal violence is right”

I want to end men’s violence against women because:

“I believe in equal relationships of love and respect”

Published by chrisgreen

I was the Founder and for 15 years the Director of White Ribbon UK. Iwas alos a member of Council of Europe Task Force on Ending Violence against Women , and in 20013 appointed by Ban Ki Moon as a UN Leader of Men. In 2017 I was awarded an OBE by HM the Queen for services to Equality.

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