Wrapped in Courage Purple Scarf Campaign
01 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019
Wear your purple scarf or tie for the month of November!
Now in its eighth year, shelters across the province are engaging our communities to become more aware of the often overlooked issue of woman abuse in Ontario.
November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month. The purple scarf is a symbol of the courage it takes a woman to leave her abuser. However, the courage of a woman alone is not enough. It takes the strength of an entire community to end violence against women.
On average 20-30 women a year are murdered in the province of Ontario alone as a result of intimate partner violence. It is the number two reason for calls to the emergency police services. Additionally, it overwhelmingly affects children in the areas of: focus at school; relationships with peers and adults; ind increased risk of anxiety, depression and substance abuse.
The United Nations has designated November 25th (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) as the first of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. We are asking Ontarians to wear your purple scarf especially on these days to show women and children that their community supports them and they are not alone.
Purple scarves and ties can be purchased at all PenFinancial Credit Union branches in Niagara until November 30th and while supplies last.