10 years, 40+ communities, 3 countries, one cause.
Shine the Light on Woman Abuse this November.
End male violence against women
and raise awareness this November by turning purple.
Purple is a symbol of courage, survival and honour,
and has come to symbolize the fight to end woman abuse.
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Paint Your Community Purple
- Wear Purple on November 15th
- Put a purple light bulb or purple string lights on your front porch and/or in your windows. (Contact your local hardware store for purple string lights or search for products online)
- Hang a Shine the Light on Woman Abuse Campaign Poster at your workplace
- Use your voice to talk about ending men’s violence against women
- Use the power of social media to show your support using the hashtag #ShineTheLight
- Follow us on Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
- Invite a women’s advocate to your school, work place, social group to talk about woman abuse
- Ask your city to turn local landmarks purple for the month of November
Purchase purple merchandise!
All proceeds go toward providing front-line service to abused women in our community.
To purchase Shine the Light on Woman Abuse Campaign Merchandise contact 519-432-2204 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Pop-Up Shop at Covent Garden Market on Wednesday November 13th 10am-2pm
Shine the Light on Woman Abuse Campaign Honourees 2019:
My ex-partner abused me physically and psychologically. I never reported him for fear of being deported and because he manipulated me, saying that he was going to kill himself. I eventually did decide to leave him and called the police one day when he tried to strangle me because he was jealous. Weeks later, when he realized I would not come back, he started to harass me continuously. Then one day he dressed up as a woman to get into my apartment building. I was expecting a female friend and thinking it was her I let him into my apartment. That day he tried to kill me. He strangled me and then stabbed me. Today I am alive thanks to the courage of my friend and my neighbours who realized what was going on and called the police. I want to tell my story so women who just arrived in Canada know they do not have to remain silent, we are protected. There are resources and agencies like the London Abused Women’s Centre who are able to help you. Please reach out for help.
Sonya was the twelfth child of thirteen, the seventh daughter, of Ojibway/Potawatomi and Polish decent, from Whitefish River First Nation. Sonya was an intelligent and creative person, she was a talented writer and wanted to pursue a career as a flight attendant. Sonya was known by her friends and family as someone who was incredibly caring and kind. She was a leader with a soft and loving heart who was forever putting others first. Sonya was pregnant at the time of her murder and thus her family mourns two lives taken on August 30, 1994. Her case remains unsolved and her family continues to seek justice and honour her life.
“We are all visitors on this planet, we all have to go when the time comes but can remain as spirits forever. Memories can be relived in the mind and maybe we will meet again”
– Sonya baa Nadine Mae Cywink