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.

100+ events 40 states + D.C.

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.

Gender-Based Violence: Not Just About Gender (YWCA. Week Without Violence)

We also featured a number of incredible written pieces from local YWCAs, our YWCA USA staff, and partner organizations on our blog:

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:

word cloud with various words such as violence, women, support, join, survivors, etc.

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!

Tweet Chat: Join us October 20 @ 2pm ET. What policies and programs support survivors of gender-based violence? Week Without Violence. #workagainstviolence YWCA

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:

To everyone who supported & joined us to #workwithoutviolence, THANK YOU. YWCA. Week Without Violence

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.