Awareness Ribbons: What Does a White Ribbon Mean?

White Awareness Ribbon

There are a lot of awareness ribbons — trust us, we spent a lot of time putting together this list — and it can be challenging to know which colors are associated with which causes.

Fortunately, we’ve got your back. At Good Good Good we’re all about celebrating the good being done in the world — and helping people make a difference in the world

And bringing awareness to important issues is a part of both of those!

Variations of awareness ribbons have been used since the middle ages — but they gained significant popularity in the early 1900s when yellow ribbons were given to U.S. soldiers. Since then, awareness ribbons have been used to represent hundreds of causes — most notably pink awareness ribbons for breast cancer and red awareness ribbons for HIV/AIDS.

In this article, we’re specifically diving into what white awareness ribbons mean and what causes they represent:

What do different white ribbons mean?

White awareness ribbons are primarily used to signify peace or bone cancer awareness — but they’re also commonly associated with support for people who self-harm, Holocaust awareness, adoption, and victims of terrorism and other violence.

White Awareness Ribbon


  • Abstinence from Alcohol
  • Adoptee
  • Adoption
  • Anti-Child Pornography
  • Anti-Domestic Violence
  • Anti-Pornography
  • Anti-War
  • Blindness
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disease
  • Child Exploitation
  • Child Sexual Abuse/Assault
  • Community Support
  • Congenital Cataracts
  • Elderly Affairs
  • Elimination of Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence Across the U.S. Military and Department of Veterans Affairs
  • End Male Violence Against Women and Girls
  • Gender Equality
  • Gender Equity
  • Hernia
  • Holocaust Remembrance
  • Hope and Support
  • Innocence
  • Molestation Survivor
  • Multiple Hereditary Exostoses
  • Online Sexual Predator Awareness and Internet Safety
  • Osteoporosis
  • Peace
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Safe Motherhood
  • Salvation Army
  • Scoliosis
  • Sexual Purity or Temperance
  • Stalking
  • Student Sexual Abuse
  • Support for People in Self-Harm Recovery
  • Support for People Who Self-Harm
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention Awareness
  • Victims of Terrorism
  • Victims of Violence
  • Various Political Movements
  • White Ribbon Day


  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Spinal Disorders
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy


  • Emphysema
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Disease
  • Mesothelioma
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia

Black & White

  • Anti-Racism
  • Carcinoid Cancer
  • Diversity
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Racial Justice & Equality
  • Rare Diseases
  • Rare Disease Day
  • Transitions

Red & White

  • Aplastic Anemia
  • DVT
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia
  • Oral Cancer
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Burgundy & Ivory

  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Oral head and neck cancers
  • Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Pharyngeal Cancer
  • Throat Cancer

Orange & White

  • Bike Helmet Safety
  • Bicycle Safety

Periwinkle & White

  • Esophageal Atresia and Tracheoesophageal Fistula (EA/TEF)

Teal & White

  • Cervical Cancer

Red & Pearl

  • Latex Allergy

Ready to learn more about awareness ribbons and their meanings?

We’ve collected, curated, and organized hundreds of awareness ribbon colors and their meanings. You can dive into the meaning of every color under the rainbow (plus rainbow ribbons themselves) in our guide to awareness ribbon color meanings.

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