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A touch of purple for International Women's Day

Published by St Benedict's School on Monday 11th of March 2013

St Benedict's School in Ealing celebrated International Women's Day on Friday 8th March with a touch of purple. Staff and pupils alike all wore something purple to represent the use of the colour as a sign of dignity from the original colours of purple, white and green used by the Women's Suffrage Societies.
From socks and ties, hair ribbons and hosiery for the pupils to staff wearing purple shirts and sweaters, the normal school green was replaced to mark this important day.
The global statistics are shocking: one in three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria combined.
Mrs Greenhough, who helped to organise the day, commented: 'Men and women, boys and girls at St Benedict's are united in the stand for equality and change and we embrace the concept that a modern progressive world needs equality.'
In acknowledgment of the Women's Suffrage mantra of 'Deeds not Words', staff at the school gave their loose change on the day for a collection that was sent to 'Refuge', the largest UK provider of accommodation for victims of domestic violence.
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