Anyone can participate in Week Without Violence, in ways big or small! From planning and hosting an event or posting a campaign selfie, to contacting your legislators or engaging with us on social media, there are a number of ways to get involved with this campaign to end gender-based violence. Here are a few:
Hold your own Week Without Violence event
Want to host an event? You can host an event on your own or with a group (your company, organization, place of worship, etc.). Your event can be any size, take place anywhere, and even be a private event! Register your event to access a digital toolkit to help you plan your event. The toolkit includes educational resources, promotional materials, and more. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Use the fact sheets and materials from the toolkit to hold a dialogue about gender-based violence in your community. Discuss how you can create better supports for survivors of violence. Create a plan of action.
- Hold a panel discussion with local leaders, advocates, experts, and other stakeholders.
- Organize an awareness event such as a march, film screening, or art exhibit.
- Create space for survivors to share their experiences. This could be a creative event such as an open mic or it could be a more structured time of sharing.
- Invite local elected officials to make a proclamation to end gender-based violence at a local press event. Then encourage them to create policies that support survivors.
- Hold an event in partnership with or to support organizations in your community that provide gender-based violence services.
Attend a Week Without Violence event near you
Find an event in your community, and bring your friends and family with you. Encourage others to do the same. If you don't see an event near you, organize one yourself! Check the map regularly to see any new events that get registered.
Take action in your community and with your elected officials
Change starts at the local level. Take action in your community and with your elected officials using our helpful advocacy resources. Here are some toolkits and materials to support you/your organization’s efforts to end gender-based violence!
- Week Without Violence Advocacy Toolkit Cover Letter from YWCA USA CEO
- Week Without Violence Advocacy Toolkit
- Talking Points about Gender-Based Violence
- Gender-Based Violence Social Media Tips
- Sample Letter To the Editor: Version A
- Sample Letter To the Editor: Version B
- Week Without Violence Pledge
- Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) – Fact Sheet
- Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) – YWCA Local Impact & Success Stories
- Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) – Fact Sheet
- Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) – YWCA Local Impact & Success Stories
Contact your members of Congress
Help ensure that we hold Congress accountable and encourage our elected officials to take steps to address gender-based violence and improve support and resources for survivors. Act now and join us in urging members of Congress to support the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2018 (VAWA) and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA).
Join us for any (or all!) of our national Week of Action activities, October 15-19, 2018
Visit our Week of Action page for more information:
- Monday, October 15: More Than A Campaign - Help us raise awareness about gender-based violence and support for survivors by taking a Week Without Violence campaign selfie using one of our fillable signs and/or making a donation! YWCA is the largest network of domestic services providers in the country, and your support is crucial to our work.
- Tuesday, October 16: Let’s Get Real - Join us on our Facebook page at 1 p.m. ET for a Facebook Live conversation about ending gender-based violence in our lifetimes. This discussion will feature speakers from our friends at the National Women's Law Center, D.C. Rape Crisis Center, and Collective Action for Safe Spaces.
- Wednesday, October 17: No Single-Issue Lives - Join us for an engaging Twitter chat from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET about intersectional approaches to ending gender-based violence.
- Thursday, October 18: We Deserve Safety - We're hosting a Hill briefing in Washington, D.C. about policies that support survivors and help prevent gender-based violence. Learn more and register for the briefing here.
- Friday, October 19: Candidate Call-In - Engage with your elected officials and/or political candidates on this important issue. Ask questions about their position on policies that support survivors, and help hold them accountable. Urge your members of Congress to support VAWA and FVPSA.
Engage with us on social media
Use the hashtag #WWV18 to get connected, and tag us on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram! Promote the Week Without Violence campaign on social media, and share your personal thoughts on why it is so important to end gender-based violence and support survivors. If you’re attending or hosting an event, be sure to share information and thoughts about it on your social media platforms. Talk about what you’ve learned and help others to build their understanding too! If you’d like to use our promotional sharegraphics, you can download them here.