Today is White Ribbon Day which is part of a campaign to end men’s violence towards women, and encourage males to lead by example.
That’s a good aim but it’s not good enough.
Men’s violence to women is a big problem but it isn’t the only problem. Men are violent to men, women and children. Women are violent to men, women and children. And children are violent to other children and adults.
It doesn’t matter who does it to whom.
The age and gender of the perpetrator and victim are irrelevant.
No violence, by anyone, to anyone, is acceptable.
The aim should be to end violence by anyone to anyone and to encourage everyone – man, woman, and child – to lead by example.
Ending violence by men to women is a good aim but ending all violence is a better one.