Week Without Violence 2016 Highlights
Thank you all for joining us for Week Without Violence, a campaign with over two decades of impact in communities across the country and the world! From sharing information on social media and urging your legislators to support bills that promote safety and security for survivors, to joining us for our tweet chat and hosting informative and engaging events in your communities, we were blown away by your incredible efforts to raise awareness about gender-based violence.
As part of Week Without Violence, we put together and shared a video featuring YWCA staff from across the country speaking about why we #WorkAgainstViolence:
Our CEO Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D. shared her thoughts about why it is important to consider the ways other factors and oppressions, not just gender, impact victims of violence, in an op-ed for Huffington Post.
We also featured a number of incredible written pieces from local YWCAs, our YWCA USA staff, and partner organizations on our blog:
- Week Without Violence 2016: Join Us
- Helen Archontou, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Bergen County – When Back To School Feels Like Back To The Hunting Ground
- Elise Skolnick, Communications Coordinator, YWCA of Youngstown – Together, We Can End Gender-Based Violence
- Shaina Goodman, Policy Manager, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) – Importance of Research to the DV Movement
- Caitlin Lowry, Senior Policy Analyst, YWCA USA – The SAFE Act: Crucial to Supporting Survivors
- Mary Brennan-Taylor, Vice President of Programs, YWCA of the Niagara Frontier – The Clock is Ticking on Gender-Based Violence
- Catherine Beane, Vice President of Public Policy & Advocacy, YWCA USA – 51 Women Each Month
- Marissa Young, Outreach and Training Coordinator, Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) – Seeking Mental Health Resources for A/PI survivors
- Katie Singh, Advocacy Intern, YWCA of Greater Atlanta – Ensuring Justice for Women Through Policy: The Georgia Women’s Policy Institute
- Qudsia Raja, Policy Director, National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) – The Deadly Intersection of Guns and Domestic Violence
- The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) – Chatting to #CenterEachOther
Throughout the campaign, Week Without Violence had great digital presence on Facebook and Twitter! As people shared information, graphics, and links about gender-based violence throughout the week, many Twitter users often included some of these keywords alongside our #WeekWithoutViolence hashtag:
As part of this year’s Week Without Violence digital campaign, we hosted a #WorkAgainstViolence tweet chat on October 20 at 2pm ET, where we discussed policies and programs that support survivors of gender-based violence. It was a solid success!
In addition to local YWCAs and staff, we had a number of really awesome high-level partner organizations join us for the chat, as well as participate in the digital campaign. These include No More, NWLC, AAUW, National Partnership, IWPR, National DV Hotline, Futures Without Violence, CAP Guns, and Rep. Donna Edwards, to name just a few!
Check out the Storify below to the incredible discussion and information sharing that took place during this chat:
Thank you to all of our local YWCAs and staff, friends, partners, and supporters for your contributions and hard work this Week Without Violence. Although this campaign takes place the third week of October each year, we know that our work to end gender-based violence happens every week throughout every year. Our #WorkAgainstViolence does not stop here. Together, we can make real change.