Men are being encouraged to wear a white ribbon by the United Nations. The UN has marked today as the official day to mark the campaign to eliminate violence against women. So every man is suppose to wear a white ribbon to signify and speak out about violent or abusive behavior to-wards women. [Source: Men urged to wear white ribbon against violence]
What is wrong with this? The fact that men are being seen as the main and only aggressors in domestic violence. Lets look at the facts. It should be women that need to wear the ribbons, instead of men.
If you look at the statistics for 2001-2006, you will see a trend that does not point to the men being the aggressor.
For attacks where the Mother was Involved but not the Father of the child. 70.6% of them were preformed by the Mothers. And if you look at deaths of children, 70.8% of them were by their Mothers and not the Fathers. [Source: Breaking the Science]
Lets top with the stereotypes. Just because you are male, does not mean you need to outwardly show your support for stopping domestic violence. It is not the male population, but the female population that should be wearing the white ribbons. BLOG like “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women” just perpetuate the myth. We need to focus on Violence against all sexes, not just violence against women.