Sioux Lookout shining a light on woman abuse
Tim Brody - Editor
From Nov. 26 to Dec. 6, people in Sioux Lookout are being invited to show their support to end violence against women by shining a purple light in their home or business.
Sioux Lookout’s third annual Shine the Light on Woman Abuse campaign got underway on November 26, the day following the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, at St. Andrew’s United Church where purple lights adorned the Peace Garden.
Beginning in London, Ontario nine years ago, the Shine the Light campaign has expanded to more than 40 communities across three countries.
According to the London Abused Women’s Centre website, www.lawc.on.ca, “The goals of the Shine the Light on Woman Abuse campaign are to raise awareness of men’s violence against women by turning communities purple for the month of November; to stand in solidarity with abused women and support them in understanding that any shame and/or blame they may feel does not belong to them but to the perpetrators of their abuse; and to raise the profile of the community agencies that can provide abused women with help as they attempt to live their lives free from violence and abuse. Purple is a symbol of courage, survival and honour, and has come to symbolize the fight to end woman abuse.”
This year’s Shine the Light campaign was organized by Sioux Lookout’s Domestic Violence Action and Awareness Committee, which includes First Step Women’s Shelter, Sunset Women’s Aboriginal Circle, Ontario Native Women’s Association, Ah-shawah-bin Support Services, Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre, Family Information Liaison Unit (FILU), Equay-Wuk (Women’s Group) and St. Andrew’s United Church.
The Shine the Light campaign runs until December 6, the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre in which 14 women were murdered.
Any businesses, organization or community member who would like to obtain a purple light to shine for the remainder of the campaign can contact SWAC Circle of Care Worker Kimberly Murphy at 738-7922.