Members Statements: Shine a Light Campaign

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, November is Woman Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month in the province of Ontario.

This year the London Abused Women's Centre has launched a new fall campaign: “Shine the Light on Woman Abuse”.

Too often the issue of woman abuse and violence against women has been greeted with silence. The London Abused Women's Centre is determined to put a purple spotlight on this issue, so Canadians can continue on the path to open discussion and positive action.

In addition to the many activities planned for November, the agency's goal is to raise awareness by turning the city of London purple throughout the entire month.

Purple is a symbol of courage, survival and honour and has come to symbolize the fight to end woman abuse.

LAWC is encouraging local businesses, schools, churches and neighbourhood to decorate their stores, offices, classrooms, places of worship and homes with purple lights, balloons, streamers, simply anything purple.

Please remember November 15 has been designated as wear purple day.