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Why purple is important this month

Campaigns and hosting events this month to end violence against women.



The Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie is participating in a number of campaigns and hosting events this month to get the word out in our commitment to ending violence against women.

The Government of Ontario declared November as Women Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.

Over the course of November we have a number of events taking place:

November 1-30 – Purple is the colour of Woman Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month Activities. 

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

“Shine the Light”– we are asking local businesses and homes to decorate in purple.

Please submit a picture of your home or business in purple to: photos will be shared on social media and in campaign materials.

Tweet or share your own picture on Facebook using #shinethelightbarrie  #endvaw

“Wrapped in Courage” – we are selling purple scarves in recognition and support of women who have faced abuse.

To find our more and to order a purple scarf please contact

November 17 - Flag Raising 11am at City Hall. Join Mayor Lehman and members of the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie and local media to raise the flag in support of ending violence against women.

November 21 – Toy and Food Drives 10am-4pm at Walmart North and Walmart South locations. Help us to provide food and toys for families affected by violence against women over the holidays.

November 25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against. This UN sanctioned day was created because: Violence against women is a human rights violation; Violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women; Violence against women impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security; Violence against women and girls is not inevitable, prevention is possible and essential; Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic.

December 4 – Commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, 5:30-8pm at 93 Berczy St.
It’s the 26th Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. On December 6, 1989, at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, twenty-five-year-old Marc Lépine, armed with a Mini-14 rifle and a hunting knife, shot 28 people, killing 14 women, before committing suicide. He began his attack by entering a classroom at the university, where he separated the male and female students, after claiming that he was "fighting feminism" and calling the women "a bunch of feminists."

About the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie

The Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie has been providing shelter and support services to abused women and their children since 1981. 

The agency consists of a 27-bed shelter location and an off-site outreach office. 

Partial funding for the agency comes from the Ministry of Community & Social Services, with the balance generated through fundraising events and donations from the community.

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