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JDI announced Governor Patrick to Chair 2014 White Ribbon Day Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            Contact:  Toni Troop
Thursday, December 5, 2013                                           617-212-7571, ttroop@janedoe.org

Jane Doe Inc. announces Governor Patrick as Chair of White Ribbon Day Campaign to help end violence against women

Governor Deval Patrick will serve as Chair of the 7th Annual White Ribbon Day Campaign sponsored by Jane Doe Inc. The Campaign kicks-off Friday, December 6, 2013, on the 24th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre that catalyzed the international White Ribbon movement of men and boys working to end violence against women. 

In the coming months, Governor Patrick will actively engage men and boys to join him in making both a private and public commitment to be part of this prevention effort.

“As Governor, as a father and as a husband I am proud to serve as this year’s Chair of the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign,” said Governor Patrick. “Violence against women is a violation of all of our human rights and it will take the voices of each one of us to end that violence.”

Massachusetts White Ribbon Day will take place at the State House on March 6, 2014.  Men and boys will be invited to take the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Pledge and wear the ribbon that day.

To date, over 75 local affiliates and 500 individual ambassadors have signed on to help promote the campaign and commit to serving as role models of healthy masculinity for other men & boys in their lives. Affiliates and Ambassadors host events, initiate dialogues, and recruit others to pledge their support. 

Craig Norberg-Bohm, coordinator of the campaign explained, “What might appear as a simple act of taking a pledge and wearing a ribbon can have a profound impact by shifting the social norms around violence against women.  Sexual violence, rape, stalking, domestic violence, & human trafficking can be hard topics for us talk about.  But we must, as men, face these widespread and basic violations of human rights that impact the women and girls in our lives here in the Commonwealth and around the globe.”

As noted in a recent document issued by the United Nations’ Partners for Prevention, focusing on these forms of violence as human rights issues that are intricately connected to is essential since it is a “well-documented hypothesis that violence against women is a manifestation of unequal gender relations and harmful manifestations of hegemonic masculinity governed by patriarchal beliefs, institutions and systems.”

A Public Service Announcement for Massachusetts White Ribbon Day featuring Governor Patrick will be released in early 2014.

For more information on the campaign, please visit www.janedoe.org/whiteribbonday.

To schedule an interview, please contact Toni K. Troop, Director of Communications at Jane Doe Inc., at (617)557-1807 or ttroop@janedoe.org.

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