2016-2017 Purple Ribbon Campaign

Believe survivors.

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.

The purple ribbons and bookmarks are ready for distribution to communities, individuals and groups across PEI. This year, the image on our 2016 multilingual poster has been created by our very own Chairperson of the Council, Mari Basiletti, with technical assistance from her partner JoDee Samuelson. Together with the beautiful lettering and fonts of 9 languages, the message to believe those who have been harmed is simple and powerful. The Teachers Guide resources linked to the provincial curriculums for instructors and students will be ready for public use by mid-November. Contact the Status of Women if you’d like posters, purple ribbons, tattoos or any of the Teachers Guides materials: 902-368-4510 or info@peistatusofwomen.ca

We appreciate the nine Council members who currently represent Island women on the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. We are very pleased with the breadth of experience and skills brought by the women of our Council. Each one brings her particular perspective to the table, as well as that of her geographic community and her communities of choice. Each one is a strong individual – together they are a force of intellect, compassion and commitment that is remarkable.

We continue to appreciate our mutual, respectful relationship with the Aboriginal Women’s Association of PEI, whose members include all Island Indigenous women. We continue to learn about the realities of living as an Aboriginal woman in PEI, and strive to find meaningful ways to reconcile our shared history as settlers in Canada. We struggle as a nation to believe the survivors of residential schools and their children and grandchildren. The historic trauma of Canadian history has only begun to be addressed and repaired with the announcement of a national inquiry.

We give a shout out to Cheryl Tanton, Health and Physical Education Specialist for the provincial Department of Education. Cheryl has offered encouragement, advice and enthusiasm in collaborating on the Teachers Guide resources. We could not develop such engaging and useful materials for teachers and students without her input. Thank you Cheryl.

We also want to acknowledge the men of ManUp who have taken the initiative to support women working to end gender violence. They are taking responsibility for changing male behavior by actively addressing and discouraging male violence. The engagement and education of men and boys is critical for real change to be achieved. We are proud to work alongside you men.


Memorial Services for Victims of Violence

CHARLOTTETOWN
12:00 noon, Tuesday, December 6
Mi’kmaw welcome: Elder Judy Clark
Guest Speaker: Dima Mreesh
Special performance by KINLEY
Memorial Hall
Confederation Centre of the Arts (venue sponsor)
Charlottetown
More info: 902-368-4510
PEI Adv. 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. Speakers and performers will share their perspectives on the theme of believing survivors. Believing sexual assault victims, believing Indigenous peoples in Canada who suffered cultural genocide, believing those violated and displaced by war around the globe, believing women who endure and minimize the daily experience of gender-based violence. We mourn women’s lives that have ended by violence. We listen, we believe, and we act to end violence against women and girls everywhere.

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SUMMERSIDE
12:00 noon, Tuesday, December 6
Summerside Presbyterian Church
130 Victoria Road
Summerside
More info: 902-436-9856
East Prince Women’s Information Centre


  • Join our lunchtime Purple Ribbon Pinning Bee, on Thursday, November 17, at 12:00pm at the Murphy’s Community Centre, 200 Richmond Street in Charlottetown. Meet our current Council women and help pin ribbons to bookmarks for distribution across PEI in November. Everyone Welcome.
  • On Friday, November 25, 2016, the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women will host a screening of Harmony Wagner’s film “Singing to Myself” at The Guild on 111 Queen Street. November 25 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and is also the launch of the Advisory Council’s Purple Ribbon Campaign, an annual effort to draw attention to gender violence on PEI.

    Time:

    4:00pm to 6:00pm
    (Note: A Social hosted by PEI ManUp will follow immediately afterwards)Location:
    The Guild, 111 Queen Street, Charlottetown, PEIThe Advisory Council is very pleased to support the work of Harmony Wagner, a talented local director and writer whose work is garnering increased respect and appreciation. Her film grapples with the sexual assault of a young deaf woman who decides to renounce the world, but whose plans are disrupted by the friendship of a precocious musician. Sophie MacLean plays Iris, the young deaf woman yearning to connect; Bryde MacLean plays Celeste, the musician who disrupts Iris’ life in complex and profound ways. It has been described by the Atlantic Film Festival as “an intimate gaze into the complexity and ease of female friendship.” The film contains some swearing and deals with mature subject matter, viewer discretion is advised. https://vimeo.com/182189212Before the film is shown, Status of Women Minister Paula Biggar will make remarks. Harmony Wagner will also be on hand to say a few words about her film and about being a filmmaker. Following the film screening, the men of PEI ManUp welcome attendees to walk in solidarity from The Guild to the Murphy Community Centre, 200 Richmond Street, for a social time at The Alley. All are very welcome to attend.
    Tickets for the film are available through The Guild Box office for $13 (including fees). Call 902-620-3333, toll free 1-866-774-0717, or purchase tickets online: http://www.theguildpei.com/box-office/
    Vimeo trailer: https://vimeo.com/182189212

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Teachers Resource Guide (Bilingual)
A Feature of the 2016 Purple Ribbon Campaign

Resource Guides
Handouts for Students / Documents à distribuer aux étudiants … PDF
Resources for Teachers / Ressources pour les enseignants … PDF


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.


Multilingual Poster

Believe survivors.

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Artwork: This year, the image on our 2016 multilingual poster has been created by our very own Chairperson of the Council, Mari Basiletti, with technical assistance from her partner JoDee Samuelson. Together with the beautiful lettering and fonts of 9 languages, the message to believe those who have been harmed is simple and powerful.
Translation | Traduction : Service de traduction du gouvernement de l’Î.-P.-É. (French), Thirly Levi (Mi’kmaq), Farahnaz Rezaei (Arabic & Farsi), Alex Yin (Mandarin Chinese), Krishna K. Thakur (Nepali), Steve Hwang (Korean), and Rocio McCallum (Spanish).  Download printable multilingual poster.


Thank you to the 2016 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
  • Quilting B & More
  • Premier Wade MacLauchlan’s Office
  • City of Charlottetown
  • Confederation Centre of the Arts – Venue Sponsor
  • Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention (PAC)
  • Aboriginal Women’s Association
  • Cheryl Tanton, Health/Physical Education Curriculum Specialist
  • PEI Association for Newcomers translators
  • Mari Basiletti, poster artwork
  • Staff at Anderson House, Family Violence Prevention Services (FVPS)
  • Members of the public who attended the Pinning Bee
  • PEI ManUp
  • Karen, Pat, Kate, and Dan for their tremendous help with our Purple Ribbon mailout
  • Excel Accounting Services Inc.- mailout sponsor
  • Megan Kelland, UPEI volunteer
  • Interministerial Women’s Secretariat – Memorial Service flowers
  • David Morrison, pianist
  • Kinley Dowling, performer
  • Dylan Menzie, guitarist
  • Dima Mreesh, guest speaker
  • Judy Clark, Mi’kmaq opening
  • Eliza Starchild Knockwood, honour song
  • Dawn Wilson
  • Amanda Beazley
  • Pam MacKinnon, UPSE Silent Witnesses
  • Advisory Council members
  • and more than two dozen candlelighters who participated in the Memorial Service

PHOTOS

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Pinning Bee special guest, Lori Anne.

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Volunteers helping with the annual Purple Ribbon Campaign mailout. Thanks to Pat, Kate, Karen, and Dan (missing from photo).

Volunteers helping with the annual Purple Ribbon Campaign mailout. Thanks to Pat, Kate, Karen, and Dan (missing from photo).

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Believe Survivors / Croyez la victime

Believe Survivors

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December 6, 2016

December has arrived – the time of year when we see the traditional red and green decorations everywhere in our communities. These are happy symbols of the festive holiday season now upon us. We also see people wearing small purple ribbons above their hearts on their winter coats – a sad symbol in remembrance of the fact of gender violence on Prince Edward Island.

2016-12-05-11_53_36-new-notificationThe PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women launched the 2016 Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence on November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The Campaign culminates in our Memorial Service on December 6th, the 27th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. On that date we remember the 14 women who were murdered at the École Polytechnique in 1989 because they were women. Sadly, at our Annual Memorial Service we also remember the 10 women who have been murdered on PEI since 1989.

The statistics from Women in PEI 2015 show that in 2014-2015 women made up 85% of the victims of abuse cases, and 92% of the victims of sexual assault cases referred to Victim Services. Women have consistently made up at least 94% of the recipients of Emergency Protection Orders under PEI’s Victims of Family Violence Act. These statistics tell us that we need to continue our Purple Ribbon Campaign, and we need to increase our collective efforts to address the problem of male violence against women.

This year the theme of the Purple Ribbon Campaign is Believe Survivors. A survivor can be defined as “a person who carries on in spite of hardships or trauma.” There are many people in our society who have survived many hardships, including war and hunger, or hatred, isolation, and discrimination. Some Indigenous people in Canada have survived residential schools and their legacy; across Canada all Indigenous people have survived the historic trauma of policies and decisions that deny their worldview and that hurt them as a group. Some people have survived gender violence, family violence, sexual violence, emotional or psychological violence, or physical violence.

When someone who has survived trauma tells us about their ordeal, we need to listen to their story and we need to believe them. We do not need to doubt and question, we do not need to find proof. By listening and believing, we provide a safe place for them to share their traumatic memories. By listening and believing, we can reduce the sense of isolation the survivor may feel.

In Canada only a very low number of cases of violence against women are reported to police, and there are low rates of prosecution and conviction of the numbers that are reported. There is much that needs to be done to improve the response of our justice system to survivors of violence. But first we need to listen, and believe survivors.

The public is invited to attend the Memorial Service for Victims of Violence on Tuesday, December 6th, from 12:00 noon to 1 PM, in Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre of the Arts (venue sponsor) in Charlottetown.

Mari Basiletti, Chairperson
PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women

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Croyez la victime

6 décembre 2016

Le mois de décembre est arrivé – c’est le temps de l’année où nos communautés sont décorées en rouge et vert, couleurs traditionnelles du temps des Fêtes. Ce sont des symboles festifs de la saison. Nous voyons aussi des gens porter un petit ruban violet près de leur coeur, épinglé sur leur manteau d’hiver – un triste symbole de la violence sexiste qui existe à l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard.

2016-12-05-11_53_36-new-notificationLe 25 novembre, Journée internationale pour l’élimination de la violence à l’égard des femmes, le Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme de l’Î.-P.-É. a lancé sa Campagne du ruban violet contre la violence pour l’année 2016. Cette campagne se termine par notre service commémoratif le 6 décembre; il s’agira du 27e anniversaire du massacre de Montréal. Cette journée-là, nous nous souviendrons des 14 femmes qui ont été assassinées à l’École polytechnique en 1989 parce qu’elles étaient des femmes. Tristement, lors de notre service commémoratif, nous nous souviendrons aussi des 10 femmes qui ont été assassinées à l’Î.-P.-É. depuis 1989.

Les statistiques tirées de la publication Women in PEI 2015 démontrent qu’en 2014-2015, les femmes représentaient 85 % des victimes de violence et 92 % des victimes d’agression sexuelle orientées vers le Service d’aide aux victimes. Les femmes ont toujours représenté au moins 94·% des bénéficiaires d’ordonnances de protection d’urgence dans le cadre de la Victims of Family Violence Act (loi sur les victimes de violence familiale) de l’Î.-P.-É. Ces statistiques nous disent que nous devons poursuivre notre Campagne du ruban violet et que nous devons augmenter nos efforts collectifs pour aborder le problème de la violence des hommes contre les femmes.

Cette année, le thème de la Campagne du ruban violet est Croyez la victime. On peut décrire la victime comme étant « une personne qui poursuit sa vie malgré les difficultés ou les traumatismes qu’elle a pu vivre. » Bien des gens dans notre société ont enduré des épreuves, y compris la guerre, la faim, la haine, l’isolation et la discrimination. Certains peuples autochtones au Canada ont survécu aux pensionnats indiens ou sont affectés par l’héritage qu’ils ont laissé aux futures générations; tous les Autochtones du pays ont survécu au traumatisme historique des politiques et des décisions qui les ont privées de leur vision du monde et qui leur ont causé du tort en tant que groupe. Certaines personnes ont survécu à la violence axée sur les sexes, à la violence familiale, à la violence sexuelle, à la violence psychologique ou à la violence physique.

Lorsqu’une personne qui a survécu à un traumatisme nous raconte son épreuve, il faut écouter et croire. Il ne faut pas douter et questionner; il ne faut pas chercher des preuves. En l’écoutant et en la croyant, nous lui fournissons un endroit sécuritaire lui permettant de partager ses souvenirs traumatiques. Nous pouvons aussi atténuer son sentiment d’isolement.

Au Canada, très peu de cas de violence faite aux femmes sont signalés à la police, et les taux de poursuites et de condamnations découlant des cas qui sont signalés sont très bas. Il reste toujours beaucoup à faire afin d’améliorer les mesures d’intervention prises par la justice auprès des victimes de violence. D’abord, nous devons écouter et croire les victimes.

Le public est invité à assister au service commémoratif pour les victimes de violence le mardi 6 décembre de midi à 13 h dans la Salle commémorative du Centre des arts de la Confédération (commanditaire de la salle) à Charlottetown.

Mari Basiletti, la présidente
Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard

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Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, December 1, 2016

New listings this week:

1) Memorial Service for Victims of Violence on Tuesday, December 6 at Noon in Charlottetown
2) Media Release from EPWIC – December 6 Service
3) PEI Health Coalition Rally
4) HO HO HO Christmas Craft Sale
5) AIDS PEI November Newsletter
6) Town of Kensington’s Annual Christmas Parade
7) Christmas in the Villages
8) Artisans Market at the Charlottetown Farmers Market
9) Lung Association Christmas Concert
10) Hope Air and Health PEI
11) Consultation: Front-of-package nutrition labelling/Consultation : étiquetage nutritionnel sur le devant de l’emballage
12) Bonshaw Ceilidh December 4- Benefit for PEI Wild Child
13) PEIBWA Events/Activities
14) Voluntary Resource Centre Holiday Open House
15) Twenty Five for Twenty Five Campaign
16) Call for Proposals – Victims and Survivors of Crime in Restorative Justice Processes

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 24, 2016

New listings this week:

1) Tomorrow! Don’t Miss the Special Screening of “Singing to Myself”
2) Memorial Services for Victims of Violence
3) PEI Status of Women 2016 Fall/Winter Newsletter
4) Friday Night Walk in Solidarity to Prevent Violence Against Women
5) Your #ActionsMatter
6) PEIANC Hosts Annual Community Meeting
7) PEIBWA Upcoming Activities
8) AIDS PEI Co-Hosting World AIDS Day Community Event
9) Cornwall Community Choir Christmas Concert
10) Music for a Winter’s Afternoon
11) NEW Call for Proposals at Status of Women Canada
12) AIDS PEI Holiday Open House
13) 2016 Christmas Parades
14) The Silence of Barenness
15) Call for Nominations- Message from the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women
16) 12 Days of Christmas Fundraiser

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

Believe survivors.

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

12:00 Noon, Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Mi’kmaw welcome: Elder Judy Clark
Guest Speaker: Dima Mreesh
Special performance by KINLEY
Memorial Hall
Confederation Centre of the Arts (venue sponsor)
Charlottetown
More info: 902-368-4510, info@peistatusofwomen.ca, PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women

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Summerside Memorial Service

12:00 Noon, Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Summerside Presbyterian Church
130 Victoria Road
Summerside
More info: 902-436-9856, East Prince Women’s Information Centre

First mourn, then work for change
We remember 1989

27 Years since the Montreal Massacre 

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Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, November 17, 2016

New listings this week:

1) Today at Noon! Join Us for Our Purple Ribbon Pinning Bee
2) Special Screening of “Singing to Myself”
3) PEIBWA Activities
4) Today – CFUW Charlottetown Meeting
5) Queen of the Crows Book Launch
6) City of Charlottetown’s Annual Wintertide Holiday Festival
7) Film Screening – The Yes Men are Revolting
8) Bonshaw Ceilidh November 27- Benefit for PEI Wild Child
9) Book Launch
10) PEI Citizen Advocacy is Seeking Volunteers
11) Call for Proposals: Assistance for Victims and Survivors of Crime with Disabilities

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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Plebiscites and Presidents

mari-portrait-orientationThe results of the PEI Plebiscite on Electoral Reform are now known. I am delighted that Islanders have chosen Mixed Member Proportional Representation as the best choice for a change in how we vote. Our analysis of the electoral options showed clearly that the Mixed Member Proportional Representation has the greatest chance to increase the gender balance and diversity of our PEI legislature. Diversity of candidates’ backgrounds and diversity of points of view on the issues of the day are both important for decision-making that makes life better for Islanders of all genders.

Today, my partner and I will be on the road, heading for the U.S. to visit our son and family in New York. Be assured that we will be checking the PEI news on the Internet while we travel to keep up to date on the follow-up to the plebiscite results!

The other historic exercise in democracy that we have been closely following, of course, is the U.S. presidential election. We will be in Maine on the evening of November 8th, and will be watching the election returns with great anticipation to see if the first woman candidate for the highest office in the country is elected.

Women have been held to a higher standard than men when it comes to business and politics in the U.S. The quote below, which circulated in the social media shortly after the first U.S. presidential debate, was included in a column by Leah Eichler in the Globe and Mail on October 29th:

“Imagine a woman who showed up [to a presidential debate] unprepared, sniffling like a coke addict and interrupting her opponent 70 times. Let’s further imagine that she’s had five kids by three men, was a repeated adulterer, had multiple bankruptcies, paid zero federal taxes and rooted for the housing crisis in which many thousands of families lost their homes. Wait … there’s more: she has never held any elected office in her life.”

The long campaign for the U.S. election has been extremely acrimonious and more like a bad reality show than a campaign. At this point, the polls show a close race. Still, as a dual citizen of Canada and the U.S.A., I am hopeful that on November 9th we will be celebrating the election of the first woman president!

The great success of Mixed Member Proportional Representation in the PEI plebiscite on electoral reform is one success built on another – because the process of preparing for the vote and educating the public about the options for proportional representation has been a resounding success. Congratulations to the PEI Coalition for Proportional Representation, the Coalition for Women in Government, and all the other organizations and people who have worked together leading up to the plebiscite. They have been invaluable in helping PEI citizens understand the possibilities for changing our electoral system so that our elected government can better represent our gender balance and diverse population!

Mari Basiletti, Chairperson
PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women


Young Voters of PEI and the PEI Coalition for Proportional Representation are hosting an event this evening on Plebiscites and Presidents! Join what we hope will be a celebration: https://www.facebook.com/events/993977804044521/

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