Paint It Purple 2012: Painting it Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month with People, Pets and Pretty Cupcakes

1 October 2012: The Pixel Project, the award-nominated global volunteer-led online nonprofit working to end Violence Against Women (VAW) worldwide, is proud to launch their third annual global “Paint It Purple” campaign in support of their mission to inspire men and women to work together to prevent, stop and end VAW. The campaign begins in Domestic Violence Awareness Month on 1 October and runs until 24 November 2011 which is the eve of International Day of Elimination of VAW and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign.

This year’s Paint It Purple online awareness-raising highlight action is the “People and Pets say NO” initiative gets people to submit a photo of themselves wearing a purple outfit and posing with their pet and a sign with their name, their pet’s name, their country  and the declaration “We say NO!” Regina Yau, Founder and President of The Pixel Project, said: “One factor that can keep a woman tethered to her abusive situation is her reluctance to escape without her pets because they usually also suffer violence from the abuser.” Through this initiative, The Pixel Project will build an online gallery of these statement photos over the campaign period to show these women and their pets that they are not alone and that help and support is out there.

The “People and Pets say NO” photo campaign is the latest addition to the campaign’s efforts to raise awareness about VAW by getting the global online community to “paint” the internet purple through social media. Participants do so using ‘Paint It Purple’ twibbons, buttons, banners, avatars, blog posts and YouTube videos where they step up to say “NO” to VAW while wearing purple.

The campaign also raises funds for The Pixel Project and participating anti-VAW nonprofits worldwide via “Paint It Purple” parties and bake sales held by The Pixel Project, anti-VAW nonprofits, and grassroots groups. The bake sales and parties feature cupcakes with The Pixel Project’s signature purple-and-white ribbon signifying men and women working together to end VAW.

The “Paint It Purple” 2012 bake sales in conjunction with local anti-VAW nonprofits and independent bakeries will be held in 5 cities in 3 countries. Anti-VAW nonprofits and charities benefiting from this year’s bake sales include: All Women’s Action Society (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Abused Women’s Aid In Crisis (Anchorage, AK, USA), YWCA Pierce County (Tacoma, WA, USA) and Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (Coventry, UK). In Denver, CO, the bake sale is coordinated by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and funds raised will be put towards supporting the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign which will be launched in 2013 in benefit of NCADV and a number of other anti-VAW nonprofits.

Cupcake picture courtesy of Bisou Bake Shop, Kuala Lumpur

This year, The Pixel Project also welcomes 5 independent Paint It Purple Ambassador Bakeries on board including Corina Bakery (Tacoma, WA), Superstar Pastry Design (Anchorage, AK), Cake Crumbs (Denver, CO), Two Cousins Bakery (Coventry, UK) and Bisou Bake Shop (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).

Ms Yau said: “By making “Paint It Purple” a fun, creative and inclusive campaign that anyone can become involved with, we hope to further galvanise widespread support for action to end gender-based violence which continues to affect millions of women and girls worldwide.“

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For further information about “Paint It Purple”:

About The Pixel Project (www.thepixelproject.net)

The Pixel Project is a volunteer-led nonprofit organisation whose mission is to taking fund-and-awareness raising for the cause to end violence against women into the 21st Century by delivering innovative, powerful viral campaigns across various online and virtual channels including social media. Their first project is to turbo-charge global awareness about VAW using social media while raising US$1 million for the U.S.A.’s National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and other anti-VAW nonprofits by getting a global audience to collectively unveil a million-pixel mystery collage of Celebrity Male Role Models at US$1 per pixel.

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