A recent edition of the Strathearn Herald highlighted the use of the White Church in Comrie to highlight important causes by illumination.
November saw the Church illuminated in purple to raise awareness of Pancreatic Cancer, and in December the lights will be changed to orange in support of a campaign to improve laws to end gender based violence.
Len Schofield of SI Crieff explained: “25th November marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and is followed by the 16 Days of Action until 10th December which is Human Rights Day. The 2020 global theme is Orange the World and for this reason members of SI Crieff have arranged for The White Church in Comrie to be ‘oranged’ for the first week of December.
“During the 16 Days of Action, the aim is to raise awareness about gender based violence, challenge discriminatory attitudes and call for improved laws to end Violence Against Women for good.
“This year as the world retreated inside homes due to lockdown introduced to curb Covid19, there has been an alarming increase in existing Violence Against Women. The virus has exacerbated many key risk factors such as food shortages, unemployment, economic insecurity, school closures, huge flows of migration and the threat of civil unrest. In May it was reported that two women every week are killed by their partners in England and Wales and the UK police receive a call every minute about domestic violence with 89% being about a woman being abused by a man.”
Extract taken from Strathearn Herald 26/11/2020