November 25, 2019
Purple Ribbon Flag Raised at Confederation Building to Increase Awareness about Violence Against Women
The Honourable Carol Anne Haley, Minister for the Status of Women, joined author and consultant Martha Muzychka, and Debbie and Philip Hibbs, parents of Julianne Hibbs and advocates for the prevention of violence, as well as other partners and stakeholders today for a flag rising ceremony and proclamation signing at Confederation Building to mark the start of the 2019 Purple Ribbon Campaign.
The Purple Ribbon flag is raised to help create public awareness and positively change attitudes and behaviours about violence against women and girls in Newfoundland and Labrador. The creation of the Purple Ribbon flag was made possible by the advocacy of Debbie and Phillip Hibbs.
The Purple Ribbon Campaign, which coincides with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, runs from November 25 - December 10. It also includes two significant dates in the history of violence against women: November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, which will mark the 30th anniversary of the massacre at Ecole Polytechnique.
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador continues to work with representatives from the women’s community, Violence Prevention Newfoundland and Labrador organizations, Indigenous groups and organizations, as well as multicultural women to identify collaborative, culturally-appropriate ways to address the issue of gender-based violence in our province and throughout Canada.
The Provincial Government is committed to supporting social programs, creating strong communities and ensuring the health and well-being of children, families and seniors. This includes continuing the work of the Violence Prevention Initiative, stakeholder consultations and engagement, regional outreach on violence prevention, continued financial support for organizations engaged in violence prevention, the Indigenous Violence Prevention Grants Program, and the Intimate Partner Violence Unit, which is a province-wide law enforcement effort.
Contact details for the 10 Violence Prevention Newfoundland and Labrador organizations can be found in the backgrounder below.
“Violence against women and girls is a serious issue that cannot be tolerated. It is vital that we all work collaboratively to raise awareness and change attitudes. By working together, gender-based violence can be prevented.”
Honourable Carol Anne Haley
Minister for the Status of Women
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Violence Prevention Initiative
Office for the Status of Women
Violence Prevention NL Organizations
Burin Peninsula Voice against Violence
60 Atlantic Crescent
P.O. Box 87
Marystown, NL, AOE 2MO
Communities Against Violence
30 A Cathedral Street, Harbour Grace
PO Box 250
Harbour Grace, NL, A0A 2M0
Roads to End Violence
157 Airport Boulevard
Gander, NL, A1V 1K6
Violence Prevention – Avalon East
31 Peet Street – Tara Place, Suite 215
St. John's, NL A1B 3W8
Violence Prevention Labrador (VPL)
P.O. Box 869, St. B
114 Hamilton River Road
Happy Valley Goose Bay, NL A0P 1E0
Violence Prevention South and Central
5 Hardy Ave
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL, A2A 2P8
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