Day of Pink: Bullying Awareness for School and Work

day_of_pinkAwareness about bullying and the impact it has on the children involved has increased dramatically over the last decade thanks in part to awareness raising events such as the Day of Pink.

The Day of Pink on April 9 is a bullying awareness day presented by the Red Cross. This event was inspired by two Nova Scotia students who stood up against bullying back in 2007. The students asked all of their peers to wear pink to school after they heard a male classmate had been bullied for wearing a pink shirt.

On April 9, people everywhere are encouraged to wear pink to symbolically stand up against bullying and to stand for respect. Many schools put up posters, encourage students to wear pink, and plan awareness raising activities.

The Day of Pink is not just a school event. Similarly, bullying is not an act that only takes place in schools. Recent research in the US shows that 27% of adults report having experienced bullying in their places of work. Increasingly workplaces are creating policies about how to address workplace bullying.

Because bullying can happen in childhood and adulthood, Survivor’s Hope is encouraging children and adults to get involved. We have invited all the schools in the area to participate in Day of Pink. We also want to invite every workplace, every home, and every organization to participate as well and take some fun pictures!

The Day of Pink happens to take place during Sexual Assault Awareness Month as well as National Victims Awareness Week, and think this is a good coincidence. Workplace bullying can often take the form of sexual harassment or sexual assault. These are not just workplace annoyances; these are very serious criminal offences that need to be stopped. Work should be a safe place in many different ways. It should be physically, socially, and mentally safe.

Employers can find resources and sample policies regarding workplace bullying and sexual harassment through the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety and the Manitoba Human Rights Commission.

Survivor’s Hope is inviting everyone to wear pink on April 9 and take group pictures that can be shared in local papers and online. If you don’t have a lot of pink in your wardrobe, borrow a pink item from a friend. Participating in the Day of Pink is a way of telling bullies that we won’t tolerate their behaviour. Perhaps more importantly we are also telling those who have been victims of bullying that we will work with them for a safer future.

Join Day of Pink on facebook! Pictures or stories of how you participated in Day of Pink can be sent to or posted at

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