Orange ribbon

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The orange ribbon is a symbol adopted for a very wide variety of uses in different places. It is currently being used in the #savecedric campaign to promote the continued unification of the "westside" region of a business in Northern Indiana. Many efforts are being made by local supporters to raise awareness of this cause. It was more recently used worldwide to promote awareness of self-harm on March 1, 2012. March 1 is designated as Self-injury Awareness Day (SIAD) around the world.[1] On this day, some people choose to be more open about their own self-harm, and awareness organisations make special efforts to raise awareness about self-harm. Some people wear an orange awareness ribbon or wristband to encourage awareness of self-harm.[2]


  • In Australia, orange ribbons are worn annually on March 21 to support Harmony Day and the message of a harmonious multicultural society. First organized in 1996, by the next year the 'Orange Ribbon' was embraced by thousands of people across Australia and was worn by members of the all sides of politics at the 1997 Australia Day celebrations in capital cities Australia-wide.[3]
Orange ribbons were also worn on Fridays in support of the release of Australian citizen David Matthew Hicks during his detention in Guantanamo Bay for 5 years without charge. It was originally an initiative called 'Orange Fridays' supported by Amnesty International, demanding that David Hicks be returned to Australia to face a fair trial or be released.[citation needed]


  • In Botswana, the National Association for the Preservation of the Botswanan Mongoose uses an orange ribbon as the symbol for its annual fund-raising competition, held amongst children under the age of 15.[citation needed]


  • In Canada, orange ribbons are worn as an awareness ribbon symbolizes Addiction Recovery. The campaign was launched on October 1, 2004 by the non-profit group R.A.F.T. for their first “Walk for Recovery”. It has since been adopted by a number of other support groups who battle addictions.[4]
  • Orange ribbons have also been worn to support the New Democratic Party candidate Nicolas R. Thibodeau in Mount Royal. The Orange Ribbon Foundation concern is to support Integrity, Democracy, Equality, Environment and Security in the political ring. The campaign was launched on January 23, 2007 when he was reinvestited a year after his first attempt to represent Mount royal constituents.[5]
  • In the province of New Brunswick in Canada, orange ribbons are worn in response to the New Brunswick government's plan to sell many of the assets of New Brunswick Power (NB Power) to Hydro-Québec. The ribbons serve many purposes including making the public aware of the proposed sale, and making the government aware of the public opposition to the deal.[6]
  • In Canada and North American the orange brings awareness to Thank a Youth Worker Day. Celebrated on the first Thursday of May each year to acknowledge the hard work Child and Youth Care Professionals do for our children, youth and families across Canada and North America.

Human rights in Tibet[edit]

  • In Austria on the 18 May 2008 at the Austrian Woman's Run 3000 woman were running with an orange ribbon in support of human rights in Tibet. On the 27th of April 2008 at the Vienna City Marathon 2300 athletes were wearing an orange ribbon in support for human rights in Tibet. The Initiative Go Orange for Tibet aims to encourage sportsmen to highlight human rights violation in Tibet before, during and after the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing through an orange ribbon.
  • In Italy marathon winner Marija Vrajic (CRO) and 1060 other participants of the Night Marathon in Jesolo & Cavallino Treporti on the 7th of June 2008, wore an orange ribbon for Human Rights in Tibet.


  • In Israel, orange ribbons indicate opposition to the Israel "disengagement" plan of 2004 (blue ribbons indicate support). The color was adopted by disengagement opponents on advice from Adir Zik. Although the disengagement was executed in 2005, supporters continue to use the color as a symbol of general opposition to further withdrawals. Often written on the post-Disengagement ribbons is the phrase "לא נשכח ולא נסלח" ("we will not forget and we will not forgive").


  • In Singapore, the orange ribbon is promoted as a symbol of racial and religious harmony. It is also used to show support for the independent music scene.



United Nations[edit]

United States[edit]

  • In the United States, the orange ribbon has become a support color for hunger[7] awareness and malnutrition awareness.
  • In the United States, the orange ribbon shows support to end mass incarceration, to reverse a forty-year campaign to "Get tough on crime".[citation needed]
  • In the United States, the orange ribbon shows support for Multiple Sclerosis and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) Awareness, as well as Cancer/Lupus/Leukemia Awareness.[8]
  • In the United States, the orange ribbon has been officially registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as the Animal Guardian Ribbon, a symbol used to raise public awareness of at-risk animals.[9] The Animal Guardian Ribbon was created in 2003 by Rational Animal, a nonprofit media animal advocacy group in conjunction with the Mayor's Alliance for New York City's Animals. At-risk animals are defined as those "non-human animals who suffer from neglect or abuse or whose very lives and well-being are in jeopardy."
  • In the United States, the orange ribbon shows support for the ACLU Close Guantánamo Campaign.[10] In the San Francisco Bay Area activist group Act Against Torture uses it as part of their campaign to close Guantanamo Bay and other U.S. detention facilities, in reference to the orange jumpsuits which detainees are made to wear.[citation needed]
  • In the United States, a vibrant orange ribbon shows support for the Dystonia Awareness Campaign. Team Dystonia, a group of dystonia advocacy organizations, was formed within the Dystonia Coalition to consolidate awareness efforts for dystonia in 2013. Team Dystonia initiated the unification of Dystonia Awareness Month in September, starting in 2014. Team Dystonia selected vibrant orange as the first official color to represent dystonia awareness partly because it is not a color of any one dystonia organization.[citation needed]
  • A reflective orange ribbon is used by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation to promote work zone safety awareness, and to honor roadway construction workers who have died at work.[11]


  • It has been used for Yoga science awareness in India.
  • It is also known as a symbol for Multiple Sclerosis Awareness as well as Cancer/Lupus/Leukemia Awareness
  • It is also the symbol for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), also referred to as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • An orange ribbon or orange-and-white ribbon is an awareness ribbon for Self Injury Awareness Day (SIAD) (March 1). SIAD promotes awareness and support of those people who self-harm. They were formerly colored red, blue and black.
  • It is also worn to show support for 16 day of activism against gender based violence.


  1. ^ Self injury awareness day, First signs, retrieved 2011-09-04 
  2. ^ FirstSigns webpages, FirstSigns, retrieved 2010-01-14 
  3. ^ Australian Government Harmony Day Website, Australian Government, retrieved 2012-03-21 
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  7. ^ Mulligan, Sean. "Cancer Ribbon Colors". Wristband Bros. Wristband Bros. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Help Spread Awareness". National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Orange Ribbon for Animals". Rational Animal. June 6, 2008. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "ACLU Announces Rights / Camera / Action". ACLU. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Wear a Reflective Orange Ribbon to Show Commitment to Roadway Work Zone Safety, Support Scholarship Program". The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse. American Road & Transportation Builders Association. April 12, 2001. Retrieved July 4, 2015.