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Governor Charlie Baker

On Thursday, March 3, 2016, Governor Charlie Baker declared the 9th Annual White Ribbon Day Massachusetts,

to encourage men throughout the Commonwealth to be part of the solution and to reimagine manhood.

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    Secretary Daniel Bennett

    On Thursday, March 5, 2015, EOPS Secretary Daniel Bennett presented the Governor's Proclamation

    declaring the 8th Annual White Ribbon Day Massachusetts, to encourage men throughout the Commonwealth to take this critically important pledge. Also joining him on the program were representatives from the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah).

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    Secretary John Polanowicz

    On Thursday, March 6, 2014, EOHHS Secretray John Polanowicz presented the Governor's Proclamation to Debra Robbin of Jane Doe Inc.

    to declare the 7th Annual White Ribbon Day Massachusetts, encouraging men throughout the Commonwealth to take this critically important pledge for themselves, their sisters, their daughters and sons.

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    Welcome to the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign 2016!

    Thank you for a wonderful event! On Thursday, March 3rd, over 500 people from across the Commonwealth attended at the State House for the Annual Massachusetts Statewide White Ribbon Day Proclamation Event!
    Photos and Video are now available!.

    White Ribbon Day Campaign PSA for Reimagine Manhood:

    Many communities have joined us with operating city and town proclamation events, information tables, and educational events. Learn about how your community can participate this coming year by visiting our action pages.

    ...inviting men and boys to be leaders to help end violence against women.

    WRD Campaign Flyers
    (English), (Spanish), (Portuguese)
    JDI Announces Leadership for the 2016 White Ribbon Day Campaign
    Honorary Chairperson:   Co-Chairpersons:   2016 Campaign Launch Press Release
    JDI forms Honorary Committee for the 2016 White Ribbon Day Campaign
    2016 Honorary Committee List

    INTRODUCING: Displays of Character: Men Reimagining Manhood

    A traveling exhibit created by Jane Doe Inc. entitled “Displays of Character: Men Reimagining Manhood”, our new display features 13 men from all walks of life who have been active White Ribbon Day Ambassadors in Massachusetts. Made possible with funding from Verizon Wireless HopeLine and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the creative services of VDA Production, and of Marc Beaulieu Photography, this exhibit will be shown across the Commonwealth to inspire other men and boys to take the pledge, wear the white ribbon and make a difference in promoting and creating safe relationships and communities. Check back for schedule of where you can see the exhibit and how you can bring it to your community.

    Checkout our resources for school, work and community participation.
    Proclamation Event Toolkit
    Youth Sports Teams
    Bulletin Board Display Kits

    WRD Campaign Flyers
    (English), (Spanish), (Portuguese)

    Review our goals and campaign background Goals and Framework
    WRD Campaign Fact Sheet

    See what's coming soon Calendar of events Submit your local community events for our calendar

    White Ribbon Day is part of an international campaign called The White Ribbon Campaign. Designed especially with men in mind at the time, this was created by a handful of Canadian men in 1991 on the second anniversary of one man's massacre of fourteen women in Montreal. They began the White Ribbon Campaign to urge men to speak out against violence against women. Today, the WRC is a worldwide campaign in 60 countries that has collected well over 5 million signatures and growing.

    You too can become involved.

    We’re taking our cue from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that speaks to how violence against women is a human rights violation and how these abuses around the world are obstacles to efforts for peace and gender equality in all societies.

    In addition, we link importantly with The United Nations Secretary General’s new campaign UNited to End Violence Against Women, which is celebrated on International Women's Day, March 8th.

    JDI invites you to sign on as a White Ribbon Day Ambassador and participate in local activities across Massachusetts. You can show your support by encouraging others in your organizations, families, and workplaces to wear a white ribbon, place a poster up at their workplaces, spread the word about the campaign and its aims, organize local events to speak out against violence towards women, and challenge attitudes and behaviors which condone or tolerate violence.

    On this website, you can find out about the history of the White Ribbon Campaign, what this pledge means around the world and how you can get involved, including tool kits for planning local events.

    We also urge you to learn more about sexual assault and domestic violence. You can find information, facts and more on the Jane Doe Inc. website.