National 16 Days of Activism with Shine the Light and White Ribbon

Ottawa Police and Community Partners participate in
National 16 Days of Activism with Shine the Light and White Ribbon

(Ottawa)-The Ottawa Police Service and our community partners are proud to participate in two very important education campaigns as well as an awareness initiative called Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. Members of the media are invited to attend.

DATE: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
TIME: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Opening speeches for White Ribbon at 474 Elgin Street, followed by a march to Ottawa City Hall to join the launch of the Shine the Light campaign

White Ribbon is the largest national organization of men taking action to end violence against women. The goal of this campaign is to build awareness and show the community that domestic violence is not acceptable, not tolerated and there is help available.

Walk a Mile in her Shoes is a light-hearted approach to the serious subject of violence against women asks men to literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. It’s not easy, but it’s a fun way to get the community to talk about a topic that’s really difficult to talk about: violence against women.

Chief Bordeleau will be joined by other men in the walk from 474 Elgin Street to City Hall.

Shine the Light is about engaging people in breaking the silence about domestic violence, which can affect anyone, regardless of their social or economic status, race or age group.

Throughout the campaign period, the colour purple will be showcased through light bulbs, posters, ribbons and window decals in local businesses on Elgin Street.

Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.

For more information contact Ottawa Police Carol Macpherson at 613-236-1222 ext. 5860.
Media Relations Section, Ottawa Police
Tel: 613-236-1222, ext. 5366

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