Statement on 2014 Shine the Light on Woman Abuse Campaign

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP):

    Mr. Speaker, the 2014 Shine the Light on Woman Abuse campaign kicked off in London, Ontario, on November 1 .

    The goal of this month-long campaign is to raise awareness of abuse suffered by women in our communities by illuminating towns and cities and even regions in purple light.

    Purple is the colour of courage, survival, and honour. Women who have been harassed or who are in abusive relationships often feel trapped. Their homes, their work places, and their communities are no longer safe places. Women need to know that any shame or blame they may feel does not belong to them, but to their abusers.

    I invite all Canadians to show their support in the fight to end violence against women by wearing purple throughout the month of November.