November is Women Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario. Once again, OSSTF/FEESO is proud to take action to Shine the Light on violence against women by men. Our office at 49 Mobile Drive will be visibly supporting this important initiative. During the month of November, the colour purple becomes a symbol of courage, survival and honour, representing the fight to end woman abuse. We encourage our members to Shine the Light in their communities and homes to Shine the Light on violence against women.
The Shine the Light campaign, initiated by the London Abused Women’s Centre, is focused on building awareness, engaging people in breaking the silence and encouraging all communities to speak out against violence against women.
Some dates of importance include:
- November 22—OSSTF/FEESO Provincial Councillors will wear purple in solidarity
- November 25—International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Day 1 of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence
- December 3 to December 7—Commemorative displays in OSSTF/FEESO worksites
- December 6—National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women
- December 10—International Human Rights Day
All members and local leaders are encouraged to show support of this campaign by using the colour purple wherever possible. Please demonstrate your support through your social media accounts. Here are some other ways you can participate:
- Wear purple on November 13
- Put a purple LED light bulb on your front porch for the month
- Put a commemorative display in your worksite
- Use your voice to talk about ending men’s violence against women
- Use the power of social media to show your support using the hashtags #ShineTheLight #OSSTF #16Days #EndViolence
- Follow us on Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
- Invite a women advocate to your school, work site or social group to talk about men’s violence against women
- Ask your city to turn local landmarks purple for the month of November
Further information on the campaign can be found here.