Black ribbon

A black ribbon is a symbol of remembrance or mourning.

Sign of mourningEdit

A black ribbon may be put on a flag, as on the Georgian flag at the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

Similar to a black armband, the black ribbon is a public display of grief. Individuals or organizations display the ribbon in commemoration of victims after specific incidents. Some examples have included:

Other meaningsEdit

  • Melanoma awareness, to bring awareness to melanoma and worn by people who know someone or are themselves affected by melanoma. Sometimes shown as black with white polka dots.
  • In Argentina, a black ribbon, sometimes with the national flag's colours in both ends, is used to raise awareness about the victims of subversive terrorism.
  • By the Anarchist Black Ribbon Campaign, a free speech campaign started in 1996 inspired by the Blue Ribbon Online Free Speech Campaign.[22]
  • During the 6th International Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) the black ribbon was worn worldwide to show support and promote awareness of the Palestinian struggle.
  • In India, 2011 to show support to Anna Hazare who was fasting to fight against corruption by government.
  • In India, 2019 to show grief for 40 soldiers died in Pulwama attack by Pakistan on 14 February 2019
  • Narcolepsy awareness, to bring awareness to narcolepsy worn by anybody who supports Narcolepsy awareness.
  • Worn by people who have suffered from any intentions of self harming on November 30 of every year.
  • The purpose of the Black Ribbon in New Zealand campaign (November 25) is to remove discrimination from violence prevention awareness, and establish equal representation for all regardless of sex/gender, marital status, religious belief, ethical belief, colour, race, ethnic or national origins, disability, age, political opinion, employment status, family status, and sexual orientation.[23]
  • Australia is using the Black Ribbon as awareness for domestic abuse against men and fathers and their children. It can also be used to support all other forms of abuse whereas the white ribbon mainly relates to domestic abuse against women. This has to come to be because there is no support system in place for and men or fathers with/without their children to be safe. This organisation also hopes to help fathers with custody hearings towards where their children will end up, because a lot of the time women will win custody.

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See alsoEdit


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  23. ^ Black Ribbon New Zealand website:

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