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.
The theme for the International Day of Pink, on April 13, 2016 is Dialogues. As part of our national campaign we are hosting over 20 dialogues with youth and politicians across Canada. They are going to discuss the variety of behaviours that make up bullying, including heterosexism (homophobia), cissexism (transphobia), trans-misogyny, racism, gender-based oppression, and many other forms of overt and covert behaviours that hurt each of us.
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.
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This work is done together. With 9.7 million participants last year, we hope you will join over a third of Canadians on the International Day of Pink, April 13, 2016.
Let’s not just wear our support, let’s live it!
Director, CCGDD.org & DayOfPink.org