By the passage of time awareness ribbons got more popular, and now numerous awareness ribbons are available as people have to look for an elegant way to gain the attention of people and highlight issues that concern them most. In this article I am presenting some of the traditional awareness ribbons along with the cause they are associated with.
Awareness ribbons such as gray ribbon is an international symbol for Diabetes awareness, Brain Cancer, Asthma and as a political statement. Sometimes, it is also used for Vote annulations.
Pink Ribbon represents a symbol of breast cancer awareness. The pink ribbon expresses the moral support for women suffering from or suffered with breast cancer.
Silver ribbon is a simple way to express combined interests of peoples affected from Brain disability or Brain disorders. Usually Silver ribbon is used to aware peoples about the need for governmental support, social support and emotional support with these individuals.
The Autism ribbon has been used to raise the awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder. These are used to wear with shirts, pins and on car bumper as well.
The green ribbon represents a symbol of Bipolar Disorder, HIV / Aids Testing, Lymphoma, Cerebral Palsy, Celiac Disease, Gastro paresis, Kidney Cancer and sometimes for legalized forms of pornography and sexual content.
Pink & Blue Ribbon
Awareness ribbons such as pink and blue ribbon are symbols for promoting Pregnancy and Infant Loss, Genital integrity, Male breast cancer awareness, Male testicular cancer awareness and also for Pro-life views to intact dilation and extraction.
The Teal ribbon is worn to raise awareness about Ovarian cancer, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Gynecological cancer, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis awareness and sometimes for Sexual Violence awareness and support. Teal ribbons are also used for Tsunami Victims support, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia awareness, Batten Disease and Anti-bullying.
Light Blue Ribbon
Light blue ribbon represents a symbol Prostate Cancer support, Behcet's Disease, Addison's disease and for Lymphedema.
A purple ribbon is worn as a symbol to raise various causes, such as; Eating Disorder Awareness, Pulmonary hypertension, Thyroid cancer, Overdose Prevention, Fibromyalgia, Domestic violence, Pediatric stroke, Macular degeneration, Epilepsy, Pancreatic cancer, Wildland Firefighters, Crohn's Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Animal abuse, Ulcerative Colitis, Lupus, Huntington's disease representation voting system for UK elections, Gastrointestinal cancer, Alzheimer's disease, Xenophobia and Homophobia (Austria 2009), Homelessness, Religious tolerance and Victims of 9/11
White ribbon represents different meanings which are depended on the context. For instance, if we mixed it with other colors it represents political movement to speak on their behalf for a certain cause. Sometimes these are represented on garments, posters and on leaflets. White ribbon also represents the Woman's rights and it also adopted by Woman's Christian Temperance Union in 1873. It also a non-sectarian organizations and uses bow rather than "remembrance" which they think symbolizes purity.
Like White Ribbon, the red ribbon has different meanings depending on the context. These awareness ribbons are mostly known for solidarity with peoples suffering from AIDS. Red Ribbon also represents the drug prevention awareness, tobacco uses and Alcoholic effects on society.
The Yellow Ribbon is a symbol of Freedom. It also supports troops in missions, show solidarity with peoples affected from riots and chaos. In Japan, it is used in Medal of Honor which represents the acknowledgment towards the professionals those become role model to the society. Yellow Ribbon also known as a symbol of press freedom and it's also used to represent suicide awareness. In USA, it is a symbol of support for the hostages which were held by Iran in US embassy.
In Tibet, Orange Ribbon is an Icon of human right awareness. These are also worn to represent United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In few other countries, an Orange ribbon is a symbol of Harmony day and Cultural Diversity. Orange Ribbon is also a symbol of Racial Tolerance as well.