The 3rd Annual “Paint it Purple” Campaign: Registration Now Open for Paint It Purple Parties and Bake Sales!

7 July 2012: The Pixel Project, the award-nominated global volunteer-led online nonprofit working to end Violence Against Women (VAW) worldwide, is pleased to announce that registration is now open for anti-VAW nonprofits, anti-VAW activists and community/grassroots groups who wish to hold “Paint It Purple” parties and bake sales as part of the third annual global “Paint It Purple” campaign. Registration will be open from 7 July 2012 – 7 November 2012.

Regina Yau, Founder and President of The Pixel Project, said: “We are mindful of the busy schedules of anti-VAW nonprofits, activists and cupcakeries. So beginning from this year, we will open the registration period in early July, which is approximately 3 months ahead of the campaign launch. This will give anyone getting on board the campaign a head start with getting their parties and bake sales organised.”

“Paint It Purple” parties and bake sales are held by The Pixel Project, VAW nonprofits, and grassroots groups to raise funds for The Pixel Project and participating VAW nonprofits worldwide. Cupcakes sold are decorated with The Pixel Project’s signature purple-and-white ribbon signifying men and women working together to end VAW.

As with previous years, this year’s campaign proper will kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month on 1 October and run until 24 November 2011 which is the eve of International Day of Elimination of VAW and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign. Registered participants hold their parties and bake sales at any point during the campaign period.

Ms Yau said: “This is a fun, creative and inclusive campaign that anyone can become involved with, and we hope it will continue to galvanise widespread support for action to end gender-based violence which continues to affect millions of women and girls worldwide. We have some exciting new stuff in store for this year’s campaign which we will be sharing with everybody as this year’s campaign gets closer, so stay tuned.“

  • To download the registration pack for both official and private Paint It Purple parties, click here.
  • To download the registration pack for Paint It Purple bake sales, click here.

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About The Pixel Project

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 Malaysia’s Women’s Aid Organisation by getting a global audience to collectively unveil a million-pixel mystery collage of Celebrity Male Role Models at US$1 per pixel.

For further information about the campaign, please contact the “Paint It Purple” team via the contact form: http://paintitpurple.thepixelproject.net/contact/

For further information about The Pixel Project, visit www.thepixelproject.net

 

The Pixel Project Paint It Purple 2011 Blog Carnival

For the past seven weeks, The Pixel Project and its supporters have been painting the Internet purple because ‘it’s time to stop violence against women together.”

“Paint It Purple” is an annual global campaign that was initially created in 2010 by The Pixel Project to raise the profile of the USA’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month worldwide.

However, starting from 2011, as part of The Pixel Project’s commitment to stopping all forms of Violence Against Women (VAW), we have extended the campaign to 24 November which is the eve of the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign.

“Paint It Purple” benefits the cause to end VAW because it raises worldwide awareness about all forms of VAW and it raises funds for The Pixel Project, our partners and participating VAW organisations around the world.

Gathered here are a collection of blogposts that have been made during the Paint It Purple campaign. Some feature recipes, others are heartfelt emotional stories from survivors of violence against women, and others are blog posts that help us spread the word about our campaign.

We are so thankful for all the organisations, businesses and individuals who helped us spread the word about The Pixel Project, the Paint It Purple campaign and our efforts to end violence against women around the world. Only together can we make a difference.

It’s time to stop violence against women. Together.

– Tim Busbey, “Paint It Purple” Blog Editor

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Recipes

Blog Submission 1:  Deeba Rajpals – Passionate About Baking – Paint It Purple Vanilla Bean Cupcakes (and Homemade Marzipan)

Blog Submission 2:  Mei Ying – Bisou Bake Shop – Do a good thing. Buy a cupcake (ok, maybe 10)

Blog Submission 3:  Cake Fairy – Purple Blueberry Cupcakes – “Paint It Purple” Campaign

Blog Submission 4: Eleanor – Brownieville Girl – Paint It Purple

Blog Submission 5: Gloria – Canela Kitchen – Blueberry Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

Blog Submission 6: The More Than Occasional Baker – Rose Cupcakes

Blog Submission 7:  Beth Wittenstein – Young Idealistic Baker – Blueberry Pomegranate Ginger Cupcakes Painted Purple 

Survivor Stories

Blog Submission 8: Kristan – Confessions of a Cookbook Queen – Paint it Purple – A Very Personal Post

Blog Submission 9: Erin – “Paint It Purple” to Raise Awareness for Violence Against Women

Blog Submission 10: Giselle – Baking In Heels – An Abusive Marriage

Campaign Shout-Outs

Blog Submission 11: Only A Number – The Pixel Project, Stopping The Abuse of Women

Blog Submission 12: Kathlynn – Thoughts: Anatomy of the Mind – Paint It Purple

Much Ado About Purple

As you can tell from the elegant shades of eggplant, lavender and violet that appear on everything from t-shirts to candles to posters every October, November and December– a period that covers Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women and 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence – purple is a very significant colour for activists and groups involved in women’s issues.

Purple has a long history of being associated with the women’s movement and is frequently used in the colour schemes of organisations working to end violence against women or to support women who have been abused.

Purple was one of the three colours originally used by the women’s suffrage movement in the United Kingdom. In 1908 the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) adopted a colour scheme of purple, white, and green. Purple symbolised dignity, self-reverence and self-respect. White symbolised purity (also a symbol used by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union). Green was used as a sign of hope.

In the U.S. gold and yellow were the first colours used by the women’s suffrage movement, but they soon added purple and white into the mix (with gold signifying enlightenment). Purple, white, green  and gold are now associated with the modern women’s movement, being seen most notably during the 1978 march in Washington, D.C. in support of the Equal Rights Amendment, in which women wore white with sashes of purple, green and gold.

The Pixel Project’s signature ribbon incorporates both purple and white to signify men and women working together to end violence. The white ribbon came to symbolise men’s involvement when the White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) was founded in Canada. WRC was created in response to the 1989 Montréal Massacre in which a man shot and killed 14 female engineering students because they were “a bunch of feminists.”

So, there, in a nutshell is why The Pixel Project created and named our annual Paint It Purple campaign so and why the campaign spans October and runs until 24 November – the eve of the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women as well as the 16 Days of Activism.

Through this campaign, we rally the global community to raise awareness about all forms of violence against women by painting the internet purple using everything from special campaign badges to photoshopping themselves purple to contributing blog posts to our Paint It Purple blog carnival to recording PSAs of themselves, dressed in purple, standing up to say NO to violence against women.

The campaign also raises funds for The Pixel Project and participating VAW nonprofits worldwide via “Paint It Purple” parties and bake sales held by The Pixel Project, VAW nonprofits, and grassroots groups. The bake sales and parties feature cupcakes with The Pixel Project’s signature ribbon. This year, bakeries and cupcakeries are also invited to independently sign up to hold ‘Paint It Purple’ bake sales.

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

For more information about the Paint It Purple campaign, visit our Paint It Purple campaign website at http://paintitpurple.thepixelproject.net.

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References:

http://www.welvic.org.au/aboutwel/coloursandsymbols/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suffragette

http://www.squidoo.com/colorexpert

http://crystal-cure.com/purple.html

The Pixel Project “Paint it Purple” 2011 Campaign: Painting the Internet Purple and Selling Cupcakes for the cause to stop violence against women worldwide

The Pixel Project, the award-nominated global volunteer-led online nonprofit working to end Violence Against Women (VAW) worldwide, is proud to launch their second 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 8 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-based Violence campaign.

Regina Yau, Founder and President of The Pixel Project, said: “We originally created ‘Paint It Purple’ to honour Domestic Violence Awareness Month. However, as part of our commitment to stopping all forms of VAW, the campaign has now been extended to November to make it relevant for not just Domestic Violence charities, but also nonprofits and activists who focus on other types of VAW.”

This year’s ‘Paint It Purple’ will be accompanied by the brand new “Paint It Purple” campaign website – a one-stop site for all interested parties to get information about and register for the campaign. A key feature of the website is an online cupcake recipe gallery where campaign participants and supporters can share their favourite cupcake recipes complete with pictures.

The cupcake online recipe gallery 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 VAW nonprofits worldwide via “Paint It Purple” parties and bake sales held by The Pixel Project, 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.

This year, The Pixel Project’s share of the funds raised will go towards supporting their flagship fundraiser, the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign which aims to raise US$1 million (minus expenses) for the USA’s National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Malaysia’s Women’s Aid Organisation.

In addition, starting from this year, bakeries and cupcakeries are invited to independently sign up to hold ‘Paint It Purple’ bake sales. Like participating grassroots groups, they will be raising funds to be shared between The Pixel Project and the local VAW nonprofit beneficiary of their choice.

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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About The Pixel Project

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 Malaysia’s Women’s Aid Organisation and the U.S.A.’s National Coalition Against Domestic Violence by getting a global audience to collectively unveil a million-pixel mystery collage of Celebrity Male Role Models at US$1 per pixel.

For further information, please contact the Bright One account team for The Pixel Project:

  • Ben Matthews – ben.matthews@brightone.org.uk
  • Steph Wollenberg – steph.wollenberg@brightone.org.uk
  • Group Email – pixelproject@brightone.org.uk