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OSSTF/FEESO Shines the Light to Break the Silence on Violence Agaisnt Women

Shine the Light on Violence Against Women



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. Our office at 60 Mobile Drive will be visibly supporting this important initiative. Beginning November 1, and until December 7, the OSSTF/FEESO provincial website will have a purple backdrop with a Shine the Light logo. Purple is used as a symbol of courage, survival and honour, and, for the month of November, symbolizes the fight to end woman abuse.

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. Several communities will again participate to demonstrate their support. Dates to note include:

November 1 Niagara Falls will be lit purple

November 25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Day 1 of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

November 30- December 4  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 District and Bargaining Units are encouraged to show support of this campaign by using the colour purple wherever possible as well as using theShine the Light logo for the month of November. Please demonstrate your support through your local Facebook and Twitter accounts. A donation will be made to the campaign resulting from district and bargaining unit orders of purple lapel pins.

For further information or ideas about how OSSTF/FEESO members can encourage communities to Shine the Light, visit http://lawc.on.ca/shinethelight/shine2015events/

Please contact Rosemary Judd-Archer rosemary.judd-archer@osstf.ca for questions/concerns.