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Be Ready to Prevent Violence Against Women – Time to Step Up/Soyons prêts à prévenir la violence faite aux femmes. Il est temps de faire sa part.

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December 6, 2018

Another year has passed since the terrible massacre that took place at l’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989. Twenty-nine years ago. On that sad day, 14 women were killed during a mass shooting because of their gender. That day marks a historic moment, the beginning of focused efforts against violence against women in Canada and the origin of the Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence Against Women. Since that day, 10 women on Prince Edward Island have been murdered, telling us there is more work to do.

Every year the PEI Advisory Council for the Status of Women leads the Purple Ribbon Campaign. The theme this year is that it is “Time to Step Up” and be ready to prevent violence against women. As always, the questions arise. When is the right time to step up? What is the best way to help that will make a difference?

Last year’s Purple Ribbon Campaign asked us to “stand with” victims of violence. “Standing with” means being there to listen and to believe, then to act whenever we suspect acts of violence are being committed – but always with precautions for our own safety.

The Purple Ribbon Campaign this year reminds us to be more observant, to learn how to be ready to help. One part of being ready is being able to recognize risk factors involved with future violence. Knowing the signs to look for could save a life.

If we worry someone may act violent towards a partner, we can prevent harm by knowing and looking for risk factors of violence. Has this person used violence in the past? Has the violence become more frequent? Has the person ignored or broken a court order to stay away from a person or place? Has the person made threats? Does the person have access to weapons? Pending or recent separations can be a risk factor for violence. A history of alcohol or drug usage, obsessive behaviour, depression, or threatened or attempted suicide can be risk factors, especially in combination with other factors.

If we know someone whom we think is in danger, we need to step up and be there for that person and to let them know we are there for them.

Violence has already caused too much grief in our modern-day society, where it has almost become a norm. This year in Canada, at least 131 women have been murdered and more have gone missing. The number of dead increases every few days. In most of these murders, the women’s gender – the simple fact they were women – was a factor in their deaths. The time has come to realize that work against violence that gained attention with the #MeToo movement needs to continue in order for change to happen.

Men have an important part to play in stepping up by speaking up against gender violence and working together to prevent gender violence. We look forward to Family Violence Prevention Week 2019, which will focus on the role men and boys can, and do, play in our society. We hope boys will learn from the role models in their lives that there is no place for messages that demean and objectify women.

Everyone has a part to play in preventing violence against women. We hope you will wear a purple ribbon during the Purple Ribbon Campaign. It is indeed our turn to step up, listen, and believe. We can be ready to act when we observe risk factors for using violence. We can work to create a world where being a woman or a gender minority is no longer a risk factor for being a victim of violence.

Yvonne Deagle, Chairperson, PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women

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Le 6 décembre 2018

Une autre année s’est écoulée depuis le terrible massacre dont l’École polytechnique de Montréal a été le théâtre le 6 décembre 1989. Il y a 29 ans. Ce triste jour-là, 14 femmes ont été tuées lors d’une fusillade en raison de leur sexe. Moment historique, cette journée marquera le début d’efforts ciblés contre la violence faite aux femmes au Canada et sera à l’origine de la Campagne du ruban violet contre la violence faite aux femmes. Depuis ce jour, 10 femmes de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard ont été assassinées, signe que le travail n’est pas terminé.

Chaque année, le Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme de l’Î.-P.-É. dirige la Campagne du ruban violet. Le thème de cette année est « Il est temps de faire sa part » et d’être prêt à prévenir la violence faite aux femmes. Comme toujours, les questions se posent. Quel est le bon moment d’intervenir? Quelle est la meilleure façon d’aider à changer les choses?

L’an dernier, la Campagne du ruban violet avait pour thème « Soyez là », aux côtés des victimes de violence. « Soyez là » signifie être là pour écouter et croire, puis agir chaque fois que nous soupçonnons la perpétration d’actes de violence, mais toujours avec précaution pour notre propre sécurité.

La Campagne du ruban violet de cette année nous rappelle d’observer davantage, d’être prêts à aider en apprenant comment le faire. Pour cela, il faut, entre autres, savoir reconnaître les facteurs de risque associés à la violence future. Connaître les signes à surveiller pourrait sauver une vie.

Si nous craignons qu’une personne ne commette un acte violent à l’endroit de celle qu’elle fréquente, nous pouvons prévenir cet acte en connaissant et en surveillant les facteurs de risque de violence. Cette personne a-t-elle déjà eu recours à la violence? La violence est-elle devenue plus fréquente? La personne a-t-elle ignoré ou enfreint une ordonnance du tribunal l’obligeant à ne pas s’approcher d’une personne ou d’un lieu? La personne a-t-elle proféré des menaces? La personne a-t-elle accès à des armes? Une séparation imminente ou récente peut être un facteur de risque de violence. Les antécédents de consommation d’alcool ou de drogues, de comportement obsessionnel, de dépression ou de menace ou tentative de suicide peuvent être des facteurs de risque, surtout en combinaison avec d’autres facteurs.

Si nous connaissons quelqu’un qui, selon nous, est en danger, nous devons faire notre part pour cette personne et lui faire savoir que nous sommes là pour elle.

La violence a déjà causé trop de chagrin dans notre société moderne, étant presque devenue une norme. Cette année, au Canada, au moins 131 femmes ont été assassinées et d’autres ont disparu. Le nombre de meurtres de femmes augmente tous les quelques jours. Dans la plupart des cas, le sexe de la victime – le simple fait d’être une femme – a joué un rôle dans son décès. Il est temps de réaliser que le travail contre la violence sur lequel le mouvement #MoiAussi (#MeToo en anglais) a attiré l’attention doit se poursuivre pour que des changements se produisent.

Il est important que les hommes fassent leur part en dénonçant la violence fondée sur le sexe et en travaillant ensemble pour la prévenir. Nous avons hâte qu’ait lieu la Semaine de prévention de la violence familiale 2019, qui mettra l’accent sur le rôle que les hommes et les garçons peuvent jouer, et jouent, dans notre société. Nous espérons que les garçons tireront des leçons des modèles dans leur vie et qu’ils découvriront que les messages qui rabaissent les femmes et les réduisent à l’état d’objets n’ont pas leur place.

Tout le monde a un rôle à jouer afin de prévenir la violence faite aux femmes. Nous espérons que vous porterez un ruban violet durant la Campagne du ruban violet. Il est en effet à notre tour de faire notre part, d’écouter et de croire. Observer les facteurs de risque de violence nous permet d’être prêts à passer à l’action. Nous pouvons travailler à créer un monde où le fait d’être une femme ou d’appartenir à une minorité de genre n’est plus un facteur de risque d’être victime de violence.

Yvonne Deagle, présidente, Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme de l’Î.-P.-É.

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Memorial Services for Victims of Violence

Time to step up. Be ready to prevent 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.

Charlottetown Memorial Service

CHARLOTTETOWN
12:00 noon, Thursday, December 6

Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre of the Arts (venue sponsor)
Richmond Street
Charlottetown

29 years after the horrific murder of 14 women at L’École Polytechnique in Montreal, we gather to remember, to mourn, and to work for change. We will be commemorating the young women who died in Montreal and the 10 Island women who have been killed by partners or someone who knew them since 1989. And we will recommit to ending violence against women everywhere.

The special service will include an address by Paxton Caseley of Our Turn; poetry by Lily Lévesque; Mi’kmaw opening prayer with Elder Julie Pellissier-Lush; music by the O Beautiful Gaia singers; and Dylan Menzie accompanying on piano. Family members, dignitaries, and community activists will light candles in remembrance of those whose lives were cut short because they were women. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Contact Michelle at 902-368-4510 / info@peistatusofwomen.ca

– 2018 Purple Ribbon Campaign, blog and website

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Summerside Memorial Service

SUMMERSIDE
12:00 noon, Thursday, December 6
Trinity United Church
90 Spring Street
Guest Speaker: Hon. Tina Mundy
More info: 902-436-9856
East Prince Women’s Information Centre

First mourn, then work for change
We remember 1989

29 Years Since the Montreal Massacre

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2018-2019 Purple Ribbon Campaign

Time to step up. Be ready to prevent 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.

Time to step up. Be ready to prevent violence against women. What does it mean to “step up” when we witness situations of violence? We can take actions that may have a huge impact in preventing harm. Everyone who witnesses bullying, abuse, or violence can take responsibility to intervene in some way to make a positive difference. Taking action when we see signs of violence is being ready and stepping up for people who experience violence. Even small actions can make a difference and may even save a life. With every action to help, together, we can build a community ready to step up 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



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

29 Years Since the Montreal Massacre 

CHARLOTTETOWN
12:00 noon, Thursday, December 6
Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre of the Arts (venue sponsor)
Mi’kmaw ceremony & prayers: Julie Pellissier-Lush
Guest Speaker: Paxton Caseley
Poetry by Lily Levesque
Music: Gaia singers
Music: Dylan Menzie providing piano accompaniment
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, Thursday, December 6
Trinity United Church
90 Spring Street, Summerside
Guest Speaker: Hon. Tina Mundy
More info: 902-436-9856
East Prince Women’s Information Centre

FINAL-2018-montreal massacre invitation

December 6, 2018 Commentary/Commentaire … link


Teachers Resource Guide (Bilingual)
A Feature of the 2018 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

Time to step up. Be ready to prevent violence against women.

This year’s multilingual 11”x17” poster highlights the Purple Ribbon Campaign theme “Time to step up. Be ready to prevent violence against women” in English, French, Mi’kmaq, Arabic, Farsi, Mandarin, Nepali, Vietnamese, and Spanish. These represent the founding and most commonly spoken languages of our province. Posters are available by request.  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 – Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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An evening pinning bee to prepare ribbons and cards for the 2018-2019 Purple Ribbon Campaign is being hosted by the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, together with the working group planning Family Violence Prevention Week 2019 for the Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention. The theme this year is: Time to step up. Be ready to prevent violence against women.

Annually, approximately 17,000 ribbons are cut and pinned to information cards by volunteers and distributed across the Island. The purple ribbons are worn to signify a commitment to remembering the 14 women murdered in Montreal in 1989, a horrific act of gender-based violence in Canadian history. We also wear purple ribbons to honour the memory of the Island women murdered by someone who knew them since 1989. And we wear ribbons to show our support for ending all violence against women in our communities.

  • Join us on Wednesday, November 14 for coffee, tea, snacks and conversation. Everyone welcome.
    6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    Confederation Centre Public Library
    145 Richmond Street, Charlottetown.

For more information contact the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women at info@peistatusofwomen.ca or 902-368-4510.

To see a few photos from the Pinning Bee, click on this Facebook post link.


Thank You…

Thank you to the 2018 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
  • Confederation Centre of the Arts – Venue Sponsor
  • Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention (PAC)
  • Office of the Premier
  • City of Charlottetown
  • Melissa Coffin, PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada
  • Translators: Thirly Levi (Mi’kmaq), Caitlyn Huynh (Vietnamese), Rocio McCallum (Spanish). Alex Yin (Mandarin Chinese), Krishna K. Thakur (Nepali), Farahnaz Rezaei (Arabic and Farsi) and the Translation | Traduction : Service de traduction du gouvernement de l’Î.-P.-É. (French).
  • Staff at Anderson House, Family Violence Prevention Services
  • Julie MacKay, UPEI student volunteer
  • Members of the public who attended the Pinning Bee
  • Ann Marie, Pat, Brent, and Dan for their tremendous help with our Purple Ribbon mailout

Photos

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

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

Click for more on past Purple Ribbon Campaigns.

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2018 Purple Ribbon Pinning Bee

An evening pinning bee to prepare ribbons and cards for the 2018-2019 Purple Ribbon Campaign is being hosted by the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, together with the working group planning Family Violence Prevention Week 2019 for the Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention. The theme this year is: Time to step up. Be ready to prevent violence against women.

Annually, approximately 17,000 ribbons are cut and pinned to information cards by volunteers and distributed across the Island. The purple ribbons are worn to signify a commitment to remembering the 14 women murdered in Montreal in 1989, a horrific act of gender-based violence in Canadian history. We also wear purple ribbons to honour the memory of the Island women murdered by someone who knew them since 1989. And we wear ribbons to show our support for ending all violence against women in our communities.

  • Join us on Wednesday, November 14 for coffee, tea, snacks and conversation. Everyone welcome.
    6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    Confederation Centre Public Library
    145 Richmond Street, Charlottetown.

For more information contact the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women at info@peistatusofwomen.ca or 902-368-4510.

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ACSW Purple Ribbon Campaign – Time to step up. Be ready to prevent violence against women. Help needed to pin ribbons

Time to step up. Be ready to prevent violence against women.

This is the theme of the Advisory Council on the Status of Women’s Purple PR pinning 2018_3 (Medium)Ribbon Campaign for 2018-19. The ACSW is extending its bystander theme with a message for everyone to be prepared and take responsibility. Everyone can have a positive role and help to eliminate violence against women. While every gender experiences and perpetrates violence, women continue to be disproportionately victimized.

Over 17,000 purple ribbons and bookmarks will be distributed in communities across PEI beginning in November and into the spring of 2019. The Status of Women counts on volunteers to pin the ribbons to cards in preparation for distribution. Pick up a shoebox package and step up and end violence against women.

To help or for more information, contact Michelle: info@peistatusofowomen.ca or 902-368-4510.

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Thank You Card – December 6, 2017

A sincere thank you to everyone who participated in the December 6th Montreal Massacre Memorial Service. A day of mourning for the 14  women murdered in Montreal in 1989 and for the 10 women murdered on PEI since that year. A day we recommit ourselves to act for change.

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

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2017 Memorial Service Gallery

The selection of photos below are from the December 6, 2017 Memorial Service for Victims of Violence held at the Confederation Centre of the Arts (venue sponsor). Thanks to everyone who attended the service and participated in the 2017 Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence.

We remember 1989
28 Years Since the Montreal Massacre

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