Awareness has become a way to convey how people perceive and monitor the information circulating around the globe. A form of activism has been formed in the late 1960s and has been led by a group in the United States, this form of activism is called awareness raising or conscious raising. A group of people focusing on the attention of a wide number of people on some cause. These causes are not limited to diseases, conflicts, movements, political parties or politicians. To raise awareness is the first activity to which an advocacy group informs the populace regarding a public concern. This propaganda is often combined with fundraising, membership drives or advocacy activities to harness or to sustain the motivation of new supporters.

Ribbons have become a symbol of awareness, a short piece of colored ribbons folded into a loop. It has been a statement of support for a cause or an issue for those who wears it. Awareness ribbon has now been considered as a universal symbol for social or disease awareness, it depends on the colors and patterns used. The first ribbons that were represented as meaningful objects were during the Middle Age in Europe when it served as a token given to the Knights. Penny Laigen was the first who used the ribbon as an awareness symbol when she tied ribbons around trees to convey the desire for her husband to come home.

Since then the people have seen the message and awareness from the ribbon. There are currently 80 different ribbons of colors and designs, but let us focus now on the meaning of Teal ribbon. The color of teal has become a statement support of gynecological disorders, psychiatric disorders, congenital inherited disorders, muscular disorders, urinary disorders, natural disasters, and social awareness.

Gynecological Disorders

  • Cervical cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome


Psychiatric Disorders   

  • Agoraphobia
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Dissociative Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


Congenital Inherited Disorders

  • Batten Disease
  • Ectodermal Dysplasia
  • Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • Fibular Hemimelia
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Martin-Bell Syndrome

Muscular Disorders  

  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

Urinary Tract Disorder

  • Interstitial Cystitis and Bladder Pain Syndrome

Natural Disasters

  • Tsunami



Social Awareness

  • Anti-Bullying
  • Military Sexual Trauma
  • Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence

Many causes share one color, some colors have different causes. Awareness ribbon is meant to be a global symbol to freely promote and support causes for a positive feedback.s

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