Men and Boys to Take Pledge Opposing Violence against Women in White Ribbon Campaign Event

March 4, 2013

Contact: Karen Dunbar Scully 413/577-5077

 
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DATE:          Wednesday, March 6, 2013
TIME:           12:30-1 p.m.
WHERE:       Student Union Ballroom, UMass Amherst
 
As part of an international human rights effort, the White Ribbon Day Campaign invites men and boys to be part of the solution in ending violence against women.
 
At UMass Amherst, speakers will highlight men’s role in challenging and ending abuse; men and boys will then join in a public pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about men’s violence against women. All members of the campus community are encouraged to attend.
 
Speakers will include Amilcar Shabazz, professor of Afro-American studies and faculty advisor for diversity and excellence at UMass Amherst; Debora D. Ferreira, executive director, UMass Amherst Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity; and Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan.
 
The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women. The initiative started in 1991 with more than 100,000 Canadian men; today, campaigns are active in over 60 countries. Learn more at www.whiteribbon.com, orat the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day website:www.whiteribbonday.janedoe.org.
 
The UMass Amherst event is sponsored by the Center for Health Promotion, the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management, the Office of Fraternities and Sororities and the Center for Women & Community.
 
 
Contact: Tom Schiff, 413/577-5133, tschiff@uhs.umass.edu
                Karen Dunbar Scully, 413/577-5077, kdscully@uhs.umass.edu