City of Medford Raises Awareness in Ending Violence Against Women and Gender-based Violence
Today, we stand together as one community to foster a positive image and unite in promoting safety for all relationships. The prevention campaign aims to educate and empower men and women of all ages to be part of the solution because there is NO PLACE for sexual assault and domestic violence in our society!
“By participating in the Raise Awareness initiative, the City of Medford demonstrates that we do not tolerate or condone violence towards women, men, or children,” stated Mayor Stephanie M. Burke.
The tenth annual White Ribbon Day is a statewide campaign sponsored by Jane Doe Inc. Throughout the month, men across the state will show their support by encouraging others in their 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 all gender-based violence, and challenge attitudes and behaviors which condone or tolerate violence. The campaign takes its 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.
“This campaign is both about preventing individual acts of violence and fostering a broader framework that promotes healthy relationships and promotes positive masculinity,” said WRD Co-Chair J. Keith Motley, Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston.
With support from this year’s Presenting Sponsor Bank of America, Jane Doe Inc. is distributing 100 WRD flags to participating municipalities and schools.
“We must reimagine manhood if we are to be successful in our commitment to rooting out violence,” said WRD Co-Chair Sheriff Peter Koutoujian of Middlesex County. “By standing up and taking the pledge, we are saying to the world that a man’s strength is shown though his character and moral judgment, and never through the use of force and violence.”