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. Create a Week Without Violence account to access a digital toolkit to help you plan your event. The toolkit includes educational resources, promotional materials, and more. Once you’ve settled on a date and event, come back to register your event to gain access to a personalized event page! 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
Using our helpful advocacy resources, Create a Week Without Violence account to gain access to toolkits and materials to support you/your organization’s efforts to end gender-based violence!
Contact your members of Congress
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 Act and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA).
Join us for any (or all!) of our national Week of Action activities, October 14-18, 2019
Visit our Week of Action page for more information:
Sunday, October 13: Organize Your Butterflies: A Special Week Without Violence Series – Help us kick off Week Without Violence 2019 a day early by tuning in to hear from programs and experts working to support survivors and prevent gender-based violence. Download, listen, and share this special WWV19 edition of Organize Your Butterflies. We will post a total of five podcasts during Week Without Violence 2019, so be sure to check back daily.
- Monday, October 14: Indigenous People’s Day #MMIW– On Indigenous People’s Day, join us on social media to highlight the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
- Tuesday, October 15: Capitol Hill Call-In Day– This Capitol Hill Call-In Day, we invite you to engage your Members of Congress by taking action online; calling your legislators; and engaging with these discussions on social media, using the hashtag #WWV19 to tweet at your Member of Congress.
- Wednesday, October 16: Imagine a World Without Violence– 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 and sexual violence service providers in the country and your support is crucial to our work.
- Thursday, October 17: Making the Local Focal– Engage with your state and local elected officials on this important issue. Ask questions about their position on policies that support survivors and help hold them accountable.
- Friday, October 18: – Ending Gun Violence: Disarming Domestic Abusers – Join us for an engaging Twitter chat from 2-3 p.m. ET about the intersection between gender-based violence and gun violence.