November 25, 2016
Preventing Violence in our Families and Communities
Purple Ribbon Flag Raised at Confederation Building
To mark the start of the 2016 Purple Ribbon campaign, a Purple Ribbon flag will be raised at the Confederation Building, marking the first time that such a flag has been raised in Canada. The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Honourable Cathy Bennett, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, joined community stakeholders to raise the flag, which will fly until December 10 to coincide with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.
“I am very proud to say that Newfoundland and Labrador is the first province in Canada to fly the Purple Ribbon flag to increase the awareness of violence against women. It is only through raising awareness and changing attitudes that violence against women can be prevented. This flag is a tribute to all those who have experienced violence and symbolizes our collective efforts to speak out about violence and educate others. We all have a responsibility to address this issue.”
- The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
The Purple Ribbon Campaign includes two significant dates in the history of violence against women: November 25 is the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, and December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
“We want the people of our province to live in safe, caring communities where there is respect for one another and any type of violence is unacceptable. Today’s flag raising ceremony would not have happened without the advocacy of Ms. Debbie Hibbs. The Hibbs family has suffered a terrible tragedy in their lives, but are now using their strength to educate others and increase awareness of violence against women. I commend them for their actions and encourage every resident to take part in the Purple Ribbon Campaign.”
- The Honourable Cathy Bennett, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women
The annual Purple Ribbon Campaign was developed to create awareness and prevent violence against women in Newfoundland and Labrador with the purple ribbon long being a symbol used around the world. The creation of the Purple Ribbon flag was made possible by the advocacy of Debbie and Phillip Hibbs.
“Flying the Purple Ribbon Flag outside of Confederation Building is imperative to raising awareness about domestic relationship violence and violence against young girls, women and men. This act will help honour those who have lost their lives to violence. The more we speak out about violence the more comfortable we will become in having that conversation.”
- Debbie Hibbs, Mother of Juliane Hibbs
To learn more about preventing violence against women or to view the campaign materials, including information on the history of the purple ribbon, visit www.respectwomen.ca or contact any of the 10 Regional Coordinating Committees Against Violence listed in the backgrounder below.
- The Purple Ribbon flag was raised in front of Confederation Building for the first time.
- Newfoundland and Labrador is the first province in Canada to raise a Purple Ribbon flag.
- The flag will remain in place until December 10, coinciding with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.
- The Purple Ribbon Campaign also includes two significant dates in the history of violence against women - November 25 is the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women and December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
- The purple ribbon has long been a symbol representing the prevention of violence against women in many parts of the world.
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Media Relations Manager
Office of the Premier
Director of Communications
Department of Finance
Regional Coordinating Committees Against Violence
Burin Peninsula Voice against Violence
60 Atlantic Crescent
P.O. Box 87
Marystown, NL, AOE 2MO
Krista Foote, Executive Director
Coalition Against Violence Avalon East
31 Peet Street, #215
St. John’s, NL, A1B 3W8
Valerie Barter, Executive Director
Communities Against Violence
30 A Cathedral Street, Harbour Grace
PO Box 250
Harbour Grace, NL, A0A 2M0
Stacy Harris, Executive Director
Eastern Region Committee Against Violence
105 Manitoba Dr., Suite 304
Clarenville, NL, A5A 1K2
Tracey Fleming, Executive Director
Fax: 709- 466-4670
Northern Committee Against Violence
279 West Street
P.O. Box 847
St. Anthony, NL, AOK 4SO
Darlene Rice, Executive Director
Roads to End Violence
157 Airport Boulevard
Gander, NL, A1V 1K6
Lori Oram, Executive Director
Southwestern Coalition to End Violence
31 – 37 Gallant Street
P.O. Box 621
Stephenville, NL, A2N 3B5
Bernice Hancock, Coordinating Agency Representative
Violence Prevention Labrador
P.O. Box 23
Forteau, NL, A0K 2P0
Carmen Hancock, Executive Director
Toll Free: 1-866-446-8080
Violence Prevention South and Central
5 Hardy Ave
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL, A2A 2P8
Linda Nuotio-Flynn, Executive Director
Western Regional Coalition to End Violence
Corner Brook, NL, A2H 4C8
Victoria Jones, Executive Director
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