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United to end the violence against women
. Ban Ki-moon
"Break the silence. When you witness violence against women and girls, do not sit back. Act."
Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
Men must teach each other that real men do not violate or oppress women – and that a woman’s place is not just in the home or the field, but in schools and offices and boardrooms.


Network of Men Leaders

Members of the Secretary-General’s Network of Men Leaders

Todd Minerson

Todd Minerson      

Todd Minerson is the Executive Director of the White Ribbon Campaign, the world’s largest effort of men and boys to end men’s violence against women.  Initiated in Canada in 1991, the White Ribbon Campaign now has a presence in over 60 countries around the world. The White Ribbon symbolizes a man’s pledge to never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women. 

Mr. Minerson has spent the past 14 years working in gender justice, HIV/AIDS prevention, anti-poverty work, housing and homelessness, and with at-risk youth.  In all of these experiences he has seen the complex and negative effects of violence and harmful masculinities on the lives of too many people. 

Mr. Minerson has presented and delivered workshops on engaging men in ending violence against women for the UN, as well as working with governments and agencies in Brazil, Austria, Turkey, Cape Verde, and Sri Lanka. As Executive Director of the White Ribbon Campaign, he was also one of the co-chairs of the Global Symposium on Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Equality in Rio de Janeiro in March 2009. 

His life’s commitment to social justice was instilled while studying at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where he obtained an Honours history degree with a concentration in gender studies and social change movements.