Every initiative to address bullying has value.
We commend the thousands of Canadians who participated in Pink Shirt Day yesterday. It was an important reminder that raising awareness about bullying remains a crucial first step in making our schools safer.
But in 2016, raising awareness is not enough anymore.
We know that a pink shirt alone won’t single-handedly make schools safer. It is time we talk about these issues explicitly for what they are. We need to create spaces for victims to engage in dialogues and take meaningful action to create the respectful and inclusive spaces we need.
Let’s not forget that wearing a pink shirt to stop bullying came out from an incident of homophobic violence in Canada. Every form of bullying needs unique and targeted efforts to be successfully addressed.
With 48 days before the International Day of Pink
, you have plenty of time to organize an event in your school, community organization or business that will truly build a safe space.
Let’s not just wear our support, let’s live it!
Director, CCGDD.org & DayOfPink.org