From lavender to plum, get ready to see plenty of purple in London.
Tuesday is Wear Purple Day in support of the London Abused Women’s Centre’s 7th annual Shine the Light on Woman Abuse campaign, which is poised to go national for the first time this year.
“We are asking everybody to wear purple whether it be mittens, ties, hats, shirts, jackets, socks, whatever it might be to raise awareness about the issue of men’s violence against women and to show women who are being abused that this community stands with them as they reach out for help,” said Executive Director of the London Abused Women’s Centre Megan Walker.
It won’t be just people in the London region who wear purple on Tuesday, as the campaign has grown to more than two dozen communities across the province as well as organizations in Alberta and Nova Scotia.
And that’s not all.
“For the first time in history, the Peace Tower in Ottawa will be illuminated purple, and there is all party support that has come together to say, ‘you know what? we stand with you, and we’re going to do what we can as a government, as members of Parliament, to end this atrocity,’ and I’m very encouraged by that,” said Walker.
Close to 200 dignitaries are expected to attend the ceremony, which will get underway at 7p.m.
As part of the kickoff to the month long campaign, officials shared a video message of support from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said he was honoured to join with the campaign.
This year’s Shine the Light campaign honours Paula Gallant, who was murdered by her husband in 2005, and Mary Meadows, a survivor from St. Thomas who was able to leave her abuser and live a life free of violence thanks to help from the London Abused Women’s Centre.
For more information on Shine the Light, click here.