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2010-12-01 - Mayor Lee's Purple Ribbon Task Force welcomes Dr. Michael Kaufman


Wed. Dec. 1, 2010

A world-renowned author and educator on gender issues will be speaking in Charlottetown on December 6 as part of the Mayor's Purple Ribbon Task Force on Family Violence, in partnership with Interministerial Women's Secretariat and Premier's Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention.
Dr. Michael Kaufman, who is currently on a speaking tour in Australia and New Zealand, travels the world to lecture on the importance of engaging men and boys to promote gender equality and end violence.
Kaufman co-founded the White Ribbon Campaign, the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women.
He will speak to Charlottetown audiences about "Raising our Sons to be Good Men."
"For too long women have stood alone facing violence at the hands of some men," Kaufman said.
"Finally, men are stepping forward and saying to our sisters, daughters, mothers, wives, and friends: you are not alone. It's critical that all men take a personal pledge not to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. We all need to speak out."
The Honourable Minister Janice Sherry, Department of Community Services, Senior and Labour is pleased to have such an experienced person come to speak on the topic.
"As Minister responsible for the Status of Women, I applaud the organizers of this event and am pleased that we are partnering with the city to address such an important topic through this public lecture."
 The Premier's Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention was established in 1995 by former Premier Catherine Callbeck to provide education and awareness about family violence prevention and to implement and promote a provincial Family Violence Prevention Strategy.
Premier Robert Ghiz renewed the PAC in April 2009 with a five-year mandate through June 2013.  The Committee includes representatives of government departments, community advocates, crisis and outreach workers, and representatives of legal, medical, and law enforcement circles. The Committee's made-in-P.E.I. approach has been recognized nationally as a model of best practice for community involvement.
Mayor Lee's Purple Ribbon Task Force became an award-winning program that has been shared with other municipalities across the country.
"I am so happy that Dr. Kaufman is able to be here to share this important message with Charlottetown residents," Mayor Lee said.
Mayor Lee brought a resolution before council that lead to the creation of a Family Violence Prevention Program after a Stratford woman was murdered in her home in 2001.
"Children learn what they live and peace begins in the home. In order for us to stop violence in our community, children need to see conflicts resolved peacefully in a respectful environment. We're working very hard to raise awareness so that women and children can feel safe in their own homes."
Mayor Lee invites the public to hear Kaufman speak at two different venues on Dec. 6.
--  from 12-1 p.m. in Confederation Centre's Memorial Hall as part of the annual Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence Memorial Service that is initiated by the Advisory Council on the Status of Women to remember the 14 women who were murdered at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989, and to raise awareness about violence against women.
Kaufman will be at Murphy Community Centre on Richmond Street from 6-8 p.m. for a public speaking engagement entitled "How to Raise Our Sons to be Good Men". All parents, teachers, clergy, community members - and anyone involved with youth - are invited to attend this free event.


Beth Johnston
Communications Officer


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