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The Anti-violence against women movement
After the École Polytechnique Massacre on December 6, 1989, where 14 women were killed by an anti-feminist, a popular movement appeared in Quebec and Canada of wearing the white ribbon to signify opposition to violence against women.
The White Ribbon Campaign appeared in 1991 in relation to this movement. Started by Toronto politicians like current New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton, it has now spread to over 35 countries around the world. It is now an international effort of men and boys working to end violence against women. Its basic principle is the importance of men and boys to speak out against all forms of violence against women.
Quebec peace movement
In the beginning of 2003, a custom largely influenced by the Échec ŕ la guerre collective emerged in Quebec of wearing the white ribbon to show a belief of the need of peace (mostly in opposition to the impending war in Iraq). The roots of the choice of the white ribbon are probably: the traditional association of white with peace and the initial white ribbon, born from a Quebec movement and itself a gesture against violence.
U.S. county and state fairs
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