Advisory Council on the Status of Women
2019 Purple Ribbon Campaign
SUPPORT SURVIVORS. Support the person ~ Involve the community ~ Right the World.
The ACSW purple ribbon theme focuses on supporting survivors of sexual violence to thrive. Being open, listening and speaking without judgment, and knowing how best to respond can have a huge positive impact on survivors and their ability to move forward. We have a responsibility to act with compassion and knowledge as individuals, and as a community, to make the world right. Gender-based violence can be stopped.
Annually, volunteers cut and pin more than 17,000 purple ribbons to bookmarks, for distribution across the Island. The purple ribbons are worn to honour the many lives lost to gender-based violence and to signify a commitment to ending violence in all our communities.
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 raise awareness about violence against women, to remember the 14 women who were murdered at L'École Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989, to remember the 10 Island women murdered by someone who knew them since 1989, and to call for justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women across Canada. December 6, 2019 marks 30 years since the Montreal Massacre. We are called to mourn and act to end gender-based violence that continues.
MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE
To mark the 30 years since the Montreal Massacre, the service will focus on intergenerational effects of violence and will include a Mi'kmaw welcome and prayer, an address by PEI feminist Dawn Wilson, moving musical performance, and the unveiling of a commemorative art commission created by Patricia Bourque. 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.
12:00 noon, Friday, December 6
Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre of
the Arts (venue sponsor)
Guest Speaker: Dawn Wilson - "Supporting Survivors in PEI: A Remembrance”
More info: 902-368-4510
PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women
12:00 noon, Friday, December 6
Presbyterian Church (next to Three Oaks High School)
130 Victoria Road, Summerside
More info: 902-436-9856
East Prince Women’s Information Centre
NOVEMBER 5, 2019 PINNING BEE
An evening pinning bee to prepare ribbons and cards for the 2019-2020 Purple Ribbon Campaign was hosted by the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women.
SUPPORT SURVIVORS—Support the person. Involve the Community. Right the world.
Our 2019–2020 Purple Ribbon Campaign theme focuses on supporting survivors of violence to thrive.
Join us on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 for coffee, tea, snacks and conversation.
6:30 pm-8:00 pm
Confederation Centre Public Library
145 Richmond Street, Charlottetown
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 to call for justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women in our communities.
For more information contact the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women at email@example.com or 902-368-4510.
To see a few photos from the Pinning Bee, click on this Facebook post link.
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.
30 Years After the Montreal Massacre - Interviews
To create a resource for Purple Ribbon Teachers' Guides, Advisory Council staff interviewed three women with different perspectives on the Montreal Massacre, thirty years since it happened. We interviewed an engineer of the same generation as the women who were murdered at l'Ecole Polytechnique, a woman who immigrated to Canada in the wake of the massacre, and a Mi'kmaw woman who wasn't born in 1989 when the tragedy occurred.
Excerpts are available as a poster in English and French here ... PDF
Download printable multilingual poster
|Thank you to the 2019 contributors to the Purple Ribbon Campaign for generous assistance.
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Click for more on past Purple Ribbon Campaigns.