Welland’s Downtown Bridge To Be Lit Purple In Support Of The Shine The Light Campaign

News from Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre

Posted November 23nd, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Welland, Ontario – Niagara Centre Member of Parliament Vance Badawey has arranged for Welland’s downtown Bridge 13 to be lit up purple on November 25, 2016, in order to Shine the Light on men’s violence against women in Canada.shine-the-light-logo-2013

The Shine the Light on Woman Abuse campaign, begun by the London Abused Women’s Centre in London, Ontario, asks for communities to turn purple in order to, “stand in solidarity with abused women and support them in understanding that any shame and/or blame they may feel does not belong to them but to the perpetrators of their abuse; and to raise the profile of the community agencies that can provide abused women with help as they attempt to live their lives free from violence and abuse.”

The colour purple, a symbol of courage, survival, and honour, has been adopted to represent the fight to end woman abuse.

November 25th also marks the international day for the elimination of violence against women.  Led by the United Nations, this campaign raises awareness of physical violence against women, while also encouraging dialogue pertaining to larger issues of discrimination and inequality between the sexes.  To mark the day, Bridge 13 will be lit orange on November 24.

“Awareness, education, open dialogue, and ongoing community support are essential in helping victims of abuse.  We must come together as a community to let victims know that they need not face their challenges alone, that we, as a community are here to help them.  I want to thank all the support groups in Niagara who help abuse victims on a daily basis.  The challenging work that they do has a real impact on the lives of so many people in Niagara.”

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