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April 11, 2012
For immediate release
International Day of Pink
Education and Early Childhood Development
Islanders are encouraged to wear pink on April 11 to celebrate diversity and discourage bullying, says Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac.
“Discrimination, in its many forms, creates barriers in society and leads to bullying, harassment, hate and violence,” said Minister McIsaac. “No one deserves to be discriminated against and that is why we need to work together to promote an open, accepting and respectful society.”
April 11 marks the International Day of Pink, a day where communities around the world unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop all forms of bullying in schools, workplaces and communities.
Each year on the second Wednesday of April, millions of people wear pink to remember that positive actions make a difference. Day of Pink is more than just a symbol of a shared belief in celebrating diversity. It is also a commitment to being open minded, accepting differences and learning to respect each other.
“The impact of bullying on the mental health of its victims can be very serious,” said Minister of Health and Wellness Doug Currie. “As a society, we need to work together to combat the issue of bullying in our schools, workplaces and communities and make sure we create a safe environment for all Islanders.”
On April 11, Islanders are encouraged to celebrate diversity by wearing pink and recognizing “Day of Pink” in Prince Edward Island.
For more information, please visit the website www.dayofpink.org.