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White Ribbon Day 25 November #ChangeTheStory

Last updated by on Wednesday, March 13, 2024


Violence experienced by women and girls takes many forms. Some behaviours and words may seem ‘harmless’ but normalising them ignores the short- and long-term effects on women and can lead to more extreme violence.


  • 1 in 4 girls in mixed-sex schools have had experiences of unwanted sexual touching in school.
  • 6 in 10 women have felt harassed in the gym by a man.
  • 1.7 million women experienced domestic abuse in the year ending March 2022.


Violence against women and girls is not a women’s issue. However, it’s often portrayed as one. This is due to the way women have long been responsible for navigating threats to their own safety. The first step to take to #ChangeTheStory is to understand that women and girls live with a fear of violence – and a threat of this fear of violence — that men do not.


White Ribbon Day aims to #ChangeTheStory for women and girls, so that they may live their lives free from the fear of violence.