Members and staff of the Advisory Council on the Status of Women offer sincere appreciation to the many people who contributed to the 2023 Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence Against Women, including the December 6th Montreal Massacre Memorial Service. Once again community leaders, service providers, and survivors of violence came together to weep, to rage, and to call attention to the terrible epidemic of gender-based violence.

We are especially grateful to the family members of murdered PEI women who bravely came forward to light candles in their honour. We hope that collectively mourning and remembering can offer some solace to you. We are also grateful to those who contributed their experiences, their voices, their traditions and their skills toward making the Memorial Service so special. Together we recommit to healing our communities and ending gender-based violence through hope, help, accountability, and equality.

Each year on December 6th, we remember and honour the women who have been murdered in PEI. We remember and honour the 14 women who died in Montreal in 1989. We remember and honour the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls across Canada. We remember and honour all who suffer gender-based violence.

Council Members

L-R: Hsiao-Yu Liu, Gina Younker, Emily Rutledge (Treasurer), Caroline MacRae, Barb McDowall, Soleil Hutchinson, Gaylene Carragher, Garima Mishra (Vice-Chairperson) and Serena Smith (Chairperson).