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Transition House Association of Nova Scotia
November 7, 2000

Provincial Purple Ribbon Campaign Raises Awareness 
  Violence Against Women

Nova Scotia’s Purple Ribbon Campaign for 2000 is now in the planning stages with local campaigns to take place throughout the province between November 25 - December 10, 2000.  This campaign is part of an international recognition of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence and works towards raising awareness of how profoundly violence against women affects all of us.

Why are we still asking people to remember the fourteen young women who were killed in Montreal on December 6, 1989?  Because across this county and around the world more women are dying or are living with abuse.  Because living within this violence profoundly affects children.  Because violence against women is pervasive and must end and it will only end with raised public awareness.

The Purple Ribbon Campaign is unique to Nova Scotia.  It is the result of the efforts of many volunteers throughout the province who will prepare, distribute and sell small purple ribbons.  The money they raise will be distributed to the member agencies of THANS who provide vital services to abused women as well as to Nova Scotia’s Women’s Centres and Avalon Centre (a service for survivors of sexual assault).

“At a time when support and services for abused women are chronically underfunded, the monies raised through the Purple Ribbon Campaign are critical to the provision of necessary services for abused women”, said Purple Ribbon Advisory Committee member, Lyn Barrett.

“We urge all Nova Scotians - women, men and children - to wear a purple ribbon and to think about all who are affected by violence against women”, said Ms Barrett.  In your area, look for events such as candlelight vigils, workshops, panel presentations, video presentations, and benefit performances planned for the period between November 25 and December 10th. 

For more information, please contact:

Transition House Association of Nova Scotia - (902) 429-7287