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Juniper House annual purple ribbon campaign underway

Purple Ribbon Campaign remembers the killings of 14 women in Montreal on Dec. 6, 1989.
Purple Ribbon Campaign remembers the killings of 14 women in Montreal on Dec. 6, 1989.

Vigils and presentation planned for early December

YARMOUTH, SHELBURNE & DIGBY - The annual purple ribbon campaign, part of an international recognition of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, is underway until Dec.10.

Purple ribbons are being worn to raise awareness about organizations working with women who are abused and to raise awareness about violence against women.

It also shows your support for abused women and their children and your desire to live in a community that is free from violence.

The campaign is organized by the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia, of which Juniper House is a member.

Its purpose is to commemorate the Dec. 6, 1989 killing of 14 women in Montreal, as well as to raise awareness about the far-reaching effects of violence against women.

The campaign also works towards raising awareness and informing others on how to “take action” so violence will not happen again.

Juniper House maintains a 15-bed shelter for women and their children leaving abusive relationships. It also provides services 24 hours a day through the shelter, its crisis line and outreach services to women in Yarmouth, Digby and Shelburne counties.

Abuse of women comes in many forms, physical abuse being only one kind. Abuse can encompass sexual, financial or verbal abuse, as well as abuse of civil and economic rights.

The eradication of gender-based violence remains a crucial task. Children who witness violence at home are more apt to be part of the same cycle as adults, either as perpetrators or as casualties of the abuse.

How to help

You can distribute ribbons at your workplace or to friends and family to wear. Ribbons can be picked up by phoning 902-742-8689.

You can educate yourself about the types of violence and the effects it has. Information can be found on the Juniper House website or the Transition House of Nova Scotia website.

You can talk to friends, family and co-workers about the support that is available in your community.

Community activities during the campaign:

Juniper House will have public information tables at the Yarmouth Mall, the Barrington Municipal Library, the King Street Family Resource Centre in Shelburne and the NSCC Digby Campus until Dec. 10. Purple ribbons and Juniper House’s information will be available at the display for the duration of the campaign.

There will be a vigil held by the Social Services Year 2 class at NSCC Burridge Campus Auditorium on Dec. 6 at 11 a.m.

There will be a vigil held by the South West Labour Group in Frost Park on Dec. 6 at 5 p.m.

On Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. there will be a presentation at the Yarmouth library of Jennifer’s Story, as told by her mother Connie Saulnier. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend.

For more information on the campaign, phone 902-742- 4473 or 902-742-8689.

“Not one more woman” is the campaign’s slogan.

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