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"Until women can live free of the fear of domestic and sexual violence I will continue to raise my voice and partner with JDI. I want to motivate and inspire others to reimagine manhood so that the next generation of young boys and girls expect relationships to be loving, caring, and respectful and that they learn to cope with disappointment, breakup, and disagreement in civil, respectful, nonviolent ways. " ~ Peter Roby - 2014 White Ribbon Day Campaign Co-Chair

Barrios & Conley to lead hundreds of men in taking pledge to work to end violence against women

For Immediate Release                                                                         
March 1, 2013
Contact:  Toni Troop, JDI Communications Director
617-212-7571 or ttroop@janedoe.org

Barrios & Conley to lead hundreds of men in taking pledge to work to end violence against women


WHAT:  The 6th annual statewide White Ribbon Day Campaign sponsored by Jane Doe Inc. calls upon men and boys to wear a white ribbon and join in taking the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Pledge to be part of solution in ending violence against women.

WHEN/WHERE:   Thursday, March 7, 2013: 1:00 PM, Gardner Auditorium, State House, Boston

WHO:  JDI’s Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign Co-Chairs Jarrett Barrios, CEO of American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, and Daniel F. Conley, Suffolk County District Attorney, will host hundreds of men and boys from across the Commonwealth.  Speakers include:

THESE MEN AND OTHERS AVAILABLE FOR FEATURE STORIES.   Potential tie into Women’s History Month in March & International Women’s Day on March 8th.

WHY:  Craig Norberg-Bohm, JDI’s prevention specialist and coordinator of the coalition’s Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign, explains the value of this campaign, “This statewide effort grew out of a belief that most men - regardless of gender, gender identity and sexual orientation- want to help end men’s violence against women by speaking out for positive masculinity andhuman rights, for equality and for the safety and liberty of survivors everywhere.”  Over the past six years, more than 450 men in Massachusetts have signed on as White Ribbon Day Ambassadors and more than 70 entities (businesses, organizations, schools, and municipalities) have signed on as White Ribbon Day Affiliates.



Jane Doe Inc.’s Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign is connected with the International White Ribbon Campaign. Since launching the campaign in Massachusetts in 2008, Jane Doe Inc. has recruited over 500 White Ribbon Day Ambassadors and tens of thousands of men and boys have signed the pledge.  Jane Doe Inc. has joined this international effort for human rights to engage men to help end violence against women, men and children. The approach is one of celebrating positive masculinity; inviting men and boys to be leaders to help end violence against women; and encouraging men and boys to contribute to a solution in any number of ways.  The White Ribbon Campaign 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 over 60 countries that has collected well over 5 million signatures and growing.

For more information about the campaign, visit:  www.janedoe.org/whiteribbonday.

Please consider providing a link on your online version to the 2013 WRD PSA featuring Barrios and Conley:  http://ow.ly/i2xJ3

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