2017-2018 Purple Ribbon Campaign

Don’t stand by. Stand with. Everyone has a part to play in preventing violence against women.

The Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence (Campagne du ruban violet contre la violence) was initiated by the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women in 1991 to remember the 14 women who were murdered at L’École Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989, and to raise awareness about violence against women.

Don’t stand by. Stand with. Everyone has a part to play in preventing violence against women. What does it mean to “stand with” people who experience violence? When we think of “bystanders” to violence we often think of witnesses, standing on the sidelines doing nothing. But what if everyone who witnessed bullying, abuse, or violence acted and intervened in some way to make a positive difference? Taking action when we see signs of violence is standing with the people who experience violence. Even small actions can make a difference. A small action could even save a life. With every action to help, together, we can build a community ready to take a stand against violence.

Six steps to taking action when we see signs of abuse or violence
1. Notice that something is happening
2. Recognize signs of abuse or violence in what is happening
3. Take responsibility for providing help
4. Assess safety: the victim’s, the aggressor’s, yours, and others’ nearby
5. Decide how to help in a way that keeps us and the people around us safe
6. Take action to help

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Memorial Services for Victims of Violence

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. On and around December 6, candle-lighting services remember 14 young Women who in 1989 were murdered because they were women in what became known as the Montreal Massacre.

We remember ten women since 1989 murdered on Prince Edward Island by men who knew them. Join others in your community to light a candle of remembrance, to remember, to reflect, and to act so these murders end.

First mourn, then work for change
We remember 1989

28 Years Since the Montreal Massacre 

CHARLOTTETOWN
12:00 noon, Wednesday, December 6
Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre of the Arts (venue sponsor)
Mi’kmaw ceremony & prayers: Elder Judy Clark & Julie Pellissier-Lush
Guest Speaker: Treena Smith
Music: Sylvia Abikhattar-Mutch & Peter Mutch
More info: 902-368-4510
PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women

Candles will be lit in commemoration of the 14 women who were murdered in Montreal in 1989 and the 10 Island women who have died at the hands of violent men since that year.
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SUMMERSIDE
12:00 noon, Wednesday, December 6
Summerside Baptist Church
219 Church Street
More info: 902-436-9856
East Prince Women’s Information Centre


Teachers Resource Guide (Bilingual)
A Feature of the 2017 Purple Ribbon Campaign

Resource Guides
Handouts for Students / Documents à distribuer aux étudiants … PDF
Resources for Teachers / Ressources pour les enseignants … PDF
Resources to print on 11×17″ paper … PDF


Multilingual Poster

Don’t stand by. Stand with. Everyone has a part to play in ending violence against women.

This year’s multilingual 11×17” poster highlights the Purple Ribbon Campaign theme, “Don’t Stand By. Stand With.  Everyone has a part to play in preventing violence against women” in English, French, Mi’kmaq, Arabic, Farsi, Mandarin, Nepali, Korean, and Spanish. These represent the founding and most commonly spoken languages of our province. Thanks to JoDee Samuelson for adapting the bookmark image. Posters are available by request, or at http://www.gov.pe.ca/acsw.   Download printable multilingual poster.

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Bystander Infographic

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English

2017-ENG-bystander-infographic

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French

2017-FRE-bystander-infographic


Orientation Sheet, 2013, PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women
Artwork:
“Seeds” by Mari Basiletti. This work was commissioned by and hangs in the waiting room of the PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre, Charlottetown.


Pinning Bee – Thursday, November 9, 2017

It’s the season of purple! Our 2017-18 Campaign theme focuses on the power of bystanders: Don’t stand by. Stand with. Everyone has a part to play in ending violence against women.

Be a part of the solution by speaking up and taking action when you see violence occurring or have concerns that someone may be harmed. Be a part of the solution by wearing a purple ribbon to show your support for women and girls and your commitment to ending gender-based violence. Be a part of the solution by joining others to pin ribbons which will be distributed to schools, community groups and individuals across PEI.

The annual pinning bee will be held Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 6:30 – 8:00pm at the Confederation Centre Public Library, 145 Richmond Street, Charlottetown.

To see a few photos from the Pinning Bee, click on this Facebook post link:
https://www.facebook.com/peistatusofwomen/posts/1509083672461528


December 6, 2017 Commentary … bilingual

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Thank You…

Thank you to the 2017 contributors to the Purple Ribbon Campaign for generous assistance. This list will be updated weekly, as contributors are confirmed:

  • Federated Women’s Institutes of PEI
  • Premier Wade MacLauchlan’s Office
  • City of Charlottetown
  • Confederation Centre of the Arts – Venue Sponsor
  • Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention (PAC)
  • Judy Clark and Julie Pellissier-Lush, PEI Aboriginal Women’s Association
  • PEI Association for Newcomers translators
  • Members of the public who attended the Pinning Bee
  • JoDee Samuelson, for adapting the bookmark image
  • Staff at Anderson House, Family Violence Prevention Services (FVPS)
  • Kate, Karen, Irma, and Dan for their tremendous help with our Purple Ribbon mailout
  • Excel Accounting Services Inc.- mailout sponsor
  • Lynn MacNeil, Brandy and Conner Beasley, Debbie Langston, and Maribeth Rogers for assisting with collating and distributing purple ribbons and teachers’ guides
  • Joanne McNeary
  • Kara Katmouz, FVPS Outreach Coordinator, West Prince Region
  • Treena Smith, guest speaker
  • Sylvia Abikhattar-Mutch, soloist
  • Peter Mutch, cellist
  • Elders Julie Pellissier-Lush and Judy Clark, Mi’kmaw opening
  • Eileen LeClair, UPSE Silent Witnesses
  • Dawn Wilson
  • Michelle Buttery
  • Interministerial Women’s Secretariat and Hearts & Flowers
  • Advisory Council members
  • Paul Wood and Rob Warren
  • and the 27 candlelighters who participated in the Memorial Service

Photos

Volunteers helping with the annual Purple Ribbon Campaign mailout. Thanks to Kate, Karen, Irma, and Dan.

Volunteers helping with the annual Purple Ribbon Campaign mailout. Thanks to Kate, Karen, Irma, and Dan.

Volunteers at the Pinnng Bee at the Confederation Centre Public Library.

Pinning Bee volunteers keeping busy at the Pinning Bee at the Confederation Centre Public Library.

Click for more on past Purple Ribbon Campaigns.

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Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, December 7, 2017

New listings this week:

1) Anderson House Christmas Wish Program
2) Reminder – Deadline is Tomorrow – Poverty Reduction Strategy Advisory Council
3) For Non-Emergency Health Information, Think of 811 This Holiday Season
4) Voluntary Resource Centre Holiday Open House
5) Save the Date – Coalition for Women in Government Annual New Year’s Levee
6) PEERS Alliance Newsletter
7) Family Violence Prevention Week 2018 Campaign
8) Sealand Art Gallery & Gift Shop – Holiday Open House
9) Celebration of “Yalda Night” Dec 16, 2017
10) PEIBWA Activities
11) Canadian Domestic Violence Conference 5: Networking the grassroots domestic violence movement from across Canada, March 20-23, 2018
12) “A Better Man” Film
13) Powerful Women in Politics

Members & Staff of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women wish you, your families, and your loved ones a season of peace & goodwill.

Our weekly community events notices will return on Thursday, January 4, 2018. We look forward to helping get the word out about your events in 2018.

The current and past issues of our Thursday E-News with upcoming community events and notices are available at the following links:

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Everyone Has a Part to Play in Preventing Violence Against Women / Tout le monde a un rôle à jouer pour prévenir la violence envers les femmes

Everyone Has a Part to Play in Preventing Violence Against Women

La version française suit

December 6, 2017

On December 6, 1989, fourteen women who were students at École Polytechnique in Montreal were murdered because they were women. In the days following the Montreal Massacre, vigils were held across Canada to remember the victims and to raise awareness of violence against women. In Charlottetown a crowd of women and men attended the vigil in front of the provincial government buildings. We stood together in solidarity in the frigid December night, our tears mingling with the wax dripping from the candles we held in our numb fingers.

In the immediate aftermath of the Montreal Massacre, we felt a tide of change. We believed that the time had come to collectively find the way to eliminate violence against women.

Every year since 1989 the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women has led a Purple Ribbon Campaign against Violence Against Women, beginning on November 25th. The campaign culminates with a Memorial Service on December 6th to remember the 14 women killed in the Montreal Massacre and the now 10 women on PEI who have been murdered by men since 1989. This year the theme for the Purple Ribbon Campaign is “Don’t stand by. Stand with. Everyone has a part to play in preventing violence against women.”

“Standing with” the women who have experienced gender-based violence means listening to them, believing them, and acting to assist them in getting the help they need. “Standing with” means that we discourage the misogyny that manifests itself through sexist jokes and derogatory language demeaning to women. “Standing with” may mean safely intervening if we witness or suspect acts of violence.

During the past year sexual violence against women has dominated the news headlines. Almost every day we learn about new accusations from women of sexual assault or sexual harassment or both by men. Most of the reports in the headlines are about political leaders, celebrities, movie moguls, comedians, news reporters, and other privileged and powerful men. Many of the men being accused have multiple victims who are now coming forward to name the perpetrators, often after decades of silence.

Recently, women were encouraged to “stand with” other women in solidarity by heading their messages with #metoo on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media to indicate that they, too, had been sexually assaulted or harassed by men in their lives. Within a few days, an astounding number of women and some men began their social media messages with #metoo. Some women described the incidents of sexual assault or harrassment they had experienced; others simply wrote #metoo.

The voices of all these women speaking the truth about sexual harassment and assault again feels like a moment of change, but it is only part of the answer. For real change to occur, we need to remember that everyone has a part to play in preventing violence against women. Men, it is time for you to speak out loudly against gender violence and to work together to eliminate the misogyny and sexism that are the root of that violence. Boys have to learn from their male role models that there is no place for the “boy talk” that demeans and objectifies women. In PEI, the group ManUp has been formed by men to “stand with” Island women in the protest against violence against women. We applaud this and all efforts to prevent and eliminate violence.

Everyone has a part to play in preventing violence against women. Wear a purple ribbon during the Purple Ribbon Campaign. Listen, believe survivors, speak out against misogyny and violence against women. Act and be the change.

Mari Basiletti is the Chairperson of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

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Tout le monde a un rôle à jouer pour prévenir la violence envers les femmes

6 décembre 2017

Le 6 décembre 1989, quatorze étudiantes de l’École polytechnique de Montréal ont été tuées en raison de leur sexe. Dans les jours suivant le massacre de Montréal, on a tenu des vigiles partout au Canada pour commémorer les victimes et sensibiliser la population à la violence faite aux femmes. À Charlottetown, femmes et hommes se sont rassemblés devant les édifices du gouvernement provincial. Unis dans la solidarité, nous sommes restés debout par une nuit glaciale de décembre, chandelles allumées, larmes et cire coulant entre des doigts engourdis.

Immédiatement après le massacre, nous avons ressenti une vague de changement. Nous nous sommes dit qu’il était temps de trouver collectivement des moyens d’éliminer la violence envers les femmes.

Depuis 1989, le Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme de l’Î.-P.-É. organise chaque année la Campagne du ruban violet contre la violence faite aux femmes. La campagne est lancée le 25 novembre et se termine le 6 décembre par un service tenu à la mémoire des quatorze femmes abattues lors du massacre de Montréal et des dix femmes qui ont été tuées par des hommes à l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard depuis 1989. Cette année, le thème de la Campagne du ruban violet est « N’en restez pas là. Soyez là. Tout le monde a un rôle à jouer pour prévenir la violence envers les femmes. »

« Être là » pour les femmes qui ont été victimes de violence fondée sur le sexe, ça veut dire les écouter, les croire, les aider à obtenir le soutien dont elles ont besoin. « Être là », ça veut dire détourner la misogynie qui se manifeste dans les blagues sexistes et le langage dérogatoire qui rabaisse les femmes. « Être là », ça peut aussi vouloir dire intervenir de façon sécuritaire lorsque nous soupçonnons des actes de violence ou lorsque nous en sommes témoins.

Au cours de la dernière année, l’actualité a été dominée par la violence sexuelle envers les femmes. Nous apprenons presque quotidiennement de nouvelles accusations portées par des femmes qui ont été harcelées, agressées ou les deux par des hommes. La plupart des incidents rapportés dans les médias visent des leaders de la sphère politique, des célébrités, des nababs du cinéma, des humoristes, des journalistes et d’autres hommes privilégiés et puissants. Dans le cas de nombreux accusés, plus d’une victime se déclarent, et ce, souvent après des décennies de silence.

Récemment, on a encouragé les femmes à exprimer leur solidarité en ajoutant le mot-clic #moiaussi (#metoo en anglais) à leurs messages sur Facebook, Twitter et les autres médias sociaux pour indiquer qu’elles aussi ont été agressées ou harcelées par des hommes au cours de leur vie. En quelques jours, un nombre étourdissant de femmes, sans compter certains hommes, se servaient du mot-clic sur les médias sociaux. Certaines décrivaient leurs expériences d’agression ou de harcèlement sexuel, tandis que d’autres se limitaient au mot-clic, qui en dit déjà long.

Les voix de toutes ces femmes révélant la vérité sur les agressions et le harcèlement sexuels semblent de nouveau former un moment décisif du changement – mais il ne s’agit là qu’une partie de la réponse. Pour accomplir de réels progrès, nous devons garder en tête que tout le monde a un rôle à jouer pour prévenir la violence envers les femmes. Il est temps pour les hommes de dénoncer haut et fort la violence fondée sur le sexe et de travailler ensemble pour éliminer la misogynie et le sexisme qui en sont la source. Les garçons doivent apprendre de bons modèles masculins que les « propos entre gars » n’ont pas leur place lorsqu’ils rabaissent et objectivent les femmes. À l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard, des hommes ont créé le groupe ManUp pour appuyer les femmes insulaires dans leur lutte contre la violence. Nous applaudissons l’initiative et tous les autres efforts déployés pour prévenir et éliminer la violence.

Tout le monde a un rôle à jouer pour prévenir la violence envers les femmes. Portez un ruban pendant la Campagne du ruban violet. Écoutez les survivantes et croyez-les. Intervenez et prenez position contre la misogynie et la violence faite aux femmes. Soyez le changement que vous souhaitez voir dans le monde.

Mari Basiletti préside le Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme de l’Î. P. É.

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Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, November 30, 2017

New listings this week:

1) Memorial Services for Victims of Violence – December 6
2) Reminder: Purple Ribbons and Posters Available!
3) PEI Status of Women Annual Report
4) Tonight – Two Environmental Films at UPEI
5) The PEI Sleeping Bag Project
6) Anderson House December Needs List
7) Free Community Yoga Class
8) Santa Pix Sponsored by Vessey Studio
9) Craft Gathering – Create Dreamcatchers
10) 2017 Charlottetown Artisan Market
11) Building Effective Boards: The Gender and Diversity Factor
12) Annual Government House Christmas Open House
13) First Impressions Has New Location
14) It Takes a Village – Sondage – Services de Garde a IPE
15) Health PEI Volunteer Patient and Family Advisors
16) Holiday Open House – Women’s Network PEI
17) Brunch-spectacle de Noël avec Le Trio BBQ

Please note: Next week’s E-News (December 7) will be the last for this year and we will return in January 2018.

The current and past issues of our Thursday E-News with upcoming community events and notices are available at the following links:

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Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, November 23, 2017

New listings this week:

1) Purple Ribbons and Posters Available!
2) Memorial Services for Victims of Violence
3) PEI Status of Women 2017 Fall/Winter Newsletter
4) #MYActionsMatter Campaign Launches the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
5) Men Gather in Support of Violence Against Women
6) PEIBWA Activities
7) Wintertide Opening Ceremony and Christmas Tree Lighting
8) 2017 Christmas Parades
9) Soul Food is this Sunday
10) Etsy Artisans of PEI Holiday Market
11) 2018 Family Violence Prevention Week Mini-Grants
12) Bonshaw Ceilidh
13) One Mic, One Island
14) “Winter’s Night” presented by Sirens Dec. 1 and 2
15) Islanders invited to help craft poverty-reduction strategy
16) CLIA’s 2017 Open House

The current and past issues of our Thursday E-News with upcoming community events and notices are available at the following links:

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Memorial Services for Victims of Violence

Don’t stand by. Stand with. Everyone has a part to play in preventing violence against women.

The Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence (Campagne du ruban violet contre la violence) was initiated by the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women in 1991 to remember the 14 women who were murdered at L’École Polytechnique in Montreal in December 1989, and to raise awareness about violence against women.

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. We remember fourteen young women who in 1989 were murdered because they were women in what became known as the Montreal Massacre. We remember ten women since 1989 murdered on Prince Edward Island by men who knew them. Join others in your community to light a candle of remembrance, to remember, to reflect, and to act so these murders end.

Charlottetown Memorial Service

CHARLOTTETOWN
12:00 noon, Wednesday, December 6
Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre of the Arts (venue sponsor)
Mi’kmaw ceremony & prayers: Elder Judy Clark & Julie Pellissier-Lush
Guest Speaker: Treena Smith
Music: Sylvia Abikhattar-Mutch & Peter Mutch
More info: 902-368-4510
PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women

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Summerside Memorial Service

SUMMERSIDE
12:00 noon, Wednesday, December 6
Summerside Baptist Church
219 Church Street
More info: 902-436-9856
East Prince Women’s Information Centre

First mourn, then work for change
We remember 1989

28 Years Since the Montreal Massacre 

 

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Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, November 16, 2017

New listings this week:

1) PEIACSW Purple Ribbon Pinning Bee Photos
2) Tomorrow – Status of Women Canada Call for Proposals – Information Session on Addressing the Economic Security and Prosperity of Indigenous Women
3) Women’s History Month Celebration and First Hand
4) Tomorrow – Open House: UPEI’s School of Sustainable Design Engineering
5) Christmas Craft Fair
6) Reopen House in Stratford for Now n Zen Café Eclectic, Wellness Centre, and Yoga Studio
7) Bra Day
8) “Stop Plan B” 5th Year Reunion and Social
9) PEIBWA Activities
10) Victorian Christmas Weekend 2017
11) Entrepreneurial Awards – Deadline Tomorrow
12) It Takes a Village Childcare Survey
13) Music for A Winter’s Afternoon

The current and past issues of our Thursday E-News with upcoming community events and notices are available at the following links:

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