Ending Violence Against Women: There Is Help

Dear Editor:

Council members and staff of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women are deeply shaken by the murder of Traci Lynch. All of us offer our sympathies to her family, especially her young son Owen, and to her friends, her neighbours, and the families of the children she cared for. Our hearts and our thoughts are with you.

No life should end in violence. And yet, Traci Lynch may be the tenth Prince Edward Island woman since 1989 to be murdered by a man who knew her. Over that same time, hundreds of women have been harmed or made to fear for their lives. Abuse, injury, trauma, and constant fear have horrific effects on individuals, families, and whole communities.

It is at moments of crisis, such as the days following a murder, that we realize how closely interconnected we all are and how violence affects everyone in a society. Moments like this remind us that we are all responsible for creating a culture where violence is unacceptable in our words, in our actions, and in our relationships.

December 2014

Flowers and candles at the Charlottetown 2014 Montreal Massacre Memorial Service to remember victims of violence.

Each year for 25 years, the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women has coordinated the province-wide Purple Ribbon Campaign against violence against women. The purple ribbon has become an important symbol of the work to end violence and to address male violence against women and children that is rooted in power, control, and gender inequality.

Today, more than one Island woman is hearing the news of Traci Lynch’s murder and living with the knowledge, “That could have been me.” To you, we send love and support and a reminder that there is help available. Women and men who experience abuse or violence can contact Family Violence Prevention Services anywhere in PEI and talk to knowledgeable and compassionate outreach workers. The staff will work with you to find safety and to feel empowered and valued. To speak to someone confidentially for information, support, or emergency shelter, contact PEI Family Violence Prevention Services: 902-892-0960 (local) or 1-800-240-9894 (toll free).

Family, friends, and neighbours who are concerned for the health and safety of someone they know can also ask PEI Family Violence Prevention Services for information and support. All of us need to know the warning signs of family violence and to learn what we can do to help prevent abuse and, possibly, to prevent loss of life. [Find family violence prevention information for everyone at http://stopfamilyviolence.pe.ca/everyone.]

We can honour Traci Lynch and missing and murdered women across Canada by taking action in our everyday lives to address and end violence. If you know someone in a dangerous relationship, talk to her privately, in a safe setting. Let her know you are a safe person to talk to, that you will continue to be supportive, and that you will help her to access family violence prevention supports and services if and when she is ready. You could save a life.

Kelly Robinson, Acting Chairperson
PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women

Comments (1)

Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, July 23, 2015

New listings this week:
1) E-News is taking a Vacation
2) DiverseCity Multicultual Street Festival is in Summerside this Saturday
3) Soul Food this Sunday
4) Status of Women Canada E-Newsletter for July 14, 2015
5) PEI Business Women’s Association E-news for July 21, 2015
6) The Arts in Motion Festival
7) Beanz Espresso Bar & Café Drop Off Box
8) Join this petition in support of ‘Indigenous Women’s Alliance for CEDAW’
9) Art in the Open
10) Get Up and Go Breakfast for Women Leaders

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

_______________________________

Previous listings by title

To view the e-newsletter with specific details about an event, click on the title link. Lots of things happening next week!

Leave a Comment

Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, July 16, 2015

New listings this week:
1) Fundraiser for Literacy this Saturday
2) PEI Business Women’s Association E-news for July 14, 2015
3) Book Sale at Summerside Rotary Library
4) Paperback Book Sale At Confederation Centre Library
5) Community Foundation of PEI – Gala Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction
6) Photo Contest – Deadline is July 24
7) 6th Annual Frank Ledwell Storytelling and Comedy Festival
8) PEI Pride Week July 26-August 1, 2015
9) Bonshaw Ceilidh July 26- Benefit for PEI Arthritis Society
10) JS Palmer Conference Early Bird Registration Deadline is July 31
11) Attention Writers: Intergeneration Week Literary Contest, Deadline August 1
12) Abuse & Neglect of Older Adults Research Team in the Maritimes (ANOART) Environmental Scan Survey
13) 7th Annual MCPEI Charity Golf Tournament

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

_______________________________

Previous listings by title

To view the e-newsletter with specific details about an event, click on the title link. Lots of things happening next week!

Leave a Comment

Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, July 9, 2015

New listings this week:
1) Support ASIHSC at an Indigo FUNraiser Tonight and Tomorrow night!
2) Call for Nominations for 2015 PEI Senior Islanders of the Year, Deadline July 15
3) Library Program: One Book One Island
4) Law Foundation Funding Deadline
5) Fergusson Foundation 2015 Grants Program
6) PEI Business Women’s Association E-news for July 7, 2015
7) PAC Youth Engagement Working Group Storyboard Contest Winners Announced
8) Walking Tours of Charlottetown’s Public Gardens Began July 6
9) Downtown Market on Sundays!
10) Save the Date! Upstream Action for Health and Equity Justice: Practices for Creating Change
11) Proposed Changes to Nutritional Labelling

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

_______________________________

Previous listings by title

To view the e-newsletter with specific details about an event, click on the title link. Lots of things happening next week!

Leave a Comment

Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, July 2, 2015

New listings this week:
1) DiverseCity Multicultural Festival in Montague this Saturday
2) New Literacy Program for Adults
3) Picnic & Info Session for The River Clyde Pageant
4) PEIBWA Upcoming Events
5) Prix du Gouverneur général – date prolongée | Governor General’s Awards – New Deadline
6) Cash for Camp 50/50 Lottery for Canadian Diabetes Association PEI Region

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

_______________________________

Previous listings by title

To view the e-newsletter with specific details about an event, click on the title link. Lots of things happening next week!

Leave a Comment

Equality Report Card Launch on June 24, 2015

PEI Status of Women Equality Report Card Launch

On Wednesday, June 24, the PEI Status of Women Council members and staff launched our 2015 Equality Report Card. The Report Card is one of our most major projects, released every two years to assess the provincial government’s work towards women’s equality and diversity goals. The 2015 grade for government was a “C” – unchanged from 2013.

The report brings together information provided by government officials, evaluation and analysis from Council members, and feedback from community organizations. We are so proud of the many voices and perspectives it includes. We were honoured to have representatives from all the contributing sectors at yesterday’s launch at the Cornwall Town Hall. There was a great spirit of celebration!

Click this link to review the report and the news release.

2015-equality-report-card
Photo:  L/R: Yvonne Deagle, Council member; Jane Ledwell, Executive Director; and Kelly Robinson, Acting Chairperson at the launch at the Cornwall Town Hall.

Leave a Comment

Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, June 25, 2015

New listings this week:
1) PEI Status of Women Equality Report Card Launch
2) Sheltersafe.ca – A lifeline to safety for abused women and their children
3) PEIBWA Upcoming Events
4) Are You a Woman who is Low Income and/or experiencing Economic Hardship?
5) Apply – ACIC International Youth Internship Programs
6) Holland Book Launch
7) Fundraiser for Literacy
8) City of Charlottetown Canada Day Activities
9) Save the Date! Hiroshima Day – 70th Anniversary
10) DiverseCity Multicultural Street Festival in Charlottetown This Sunday

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

_______________________________

Previous listings by title

To view the e-newsletter with specific details about an event, click on the title link. Lots of things happening next week!

Leave a Comment

Older Posts »
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 35 other followers