Week of Action

Monday, October 15: More than a Campaign - What is your Week Without Violence?

Help us raise awareness about gender-based violence and support survivors! Today, we ask you to:

  • Take a Week Without Violence campaign selfie (or group photo) using one of our fillable signs. Share your photo on social media using the hashtag #WWV18, and then tag 5 friends and challenge them to do the same! Check out our useful Week Without Violence photo guide for more info and sample social media posts.
  • Can't or don't want to post a photo? Support us with a donation! YWCA is the largest network of domestic services providers in the country, and your support is crucial to our work. Every year, we help 500,000 women, girls and families get and stay safe through sexual assault, trafficking, and violence prevention programs. Our YWCAs couldn't do this critical work without support from people like you!

Tuesday, October 16: Let’s Get Real - Ending Gender-Based Violence In Our Lifetimes!

Join us on our Facebook page on October 16 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. To see our full list of national partners, click here.

Wednesday, October 17: No Single-Issue Lives - Intersectional Approaches to Ending Gender-Based Violence

Join us for an engaging Twitter chat from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, hosted by our team at @YWCAUSA! We will be discussing intersectional approaches to ending gender-based violence. Participate in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WWV18.

Thursday, October 18: 3 Steps Congress Can Take NOW to End Domestic and Sexual Violence

We're hosting a Hill briefing in Washington, D.C. about policies that support survivors and help prevent gender-based violence. We invite you to join us in person or via our livestream, and engage with the discussion on social media using the hashtag #WWV18. Throughout the event, tweet quotes, post pictures, and share facts about ways we can each help end gender-based violence, and what policies help meet survivors' needs, support survivors, and prevent gender-based violence at home, at work, in school, and in our communities.

Learn more and register for the briefing here.

Friday, October 19: Candidate Call-In - Where Do Your Elected Officials Stand?

Take action! Collective action requires collective responsibility, and it all starts with YOU! It is critical that we each engage with our elected officials and/or political candidates on the important issue of gender-based violence. Get involved:

  • Act now: Urge your members of Congress to support policies that support survivors of gender-based violence and their families.
  • Hold candidates and elected officials accountable: Ask questions and find out what their positions are on policies that support survivors. Ask them how they will work to implement changes to end violence against women and girls, and to better provide support and resources. Use our Week Without Violence Advocacy toolkit to get started, and check out more information about ways to take action in your community and with your elected officials on our Join Us page!
  • Stay connected: Sign up to receive our action alerts