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 our 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 and access our 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! Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Use the fact sheets and materials from the toolkit to hold a virtual dialogue about gender-based violence in your community. Discuss how you can create better support for survivors of violence. Create a plan of action.
- Hold a virtual panel discussion with local leaders, advocates, experts, and other stakeholders.
- Organize an awareness event such as a virtual event, 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 help your friends and family register, as well. 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
Start conversations about ending gender-based violence with local elected officials by using prompts and helpful resources from our toolkits. Don’t forget to create a Week Without Violence account to register your participation and your event to gain access to these resources and your own personalized event page url.
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 our national Week of Action activities, October 18-23, 2021
Monday, October 18th: Imagine a World Without Violence
When we envision a world without violence, we begin to build a path to creating that world. Help us raise awareness about gender-based violence, support survivors, and envision a world without violence! Take a Week Without Violence campaign selfie (or group photo) using one of our customizable signs, tag us on social and use the hashtag #WWV21, and then tag 5 friends and challenge them to do the same! Check out our useful Week Without Violence guide for more info and sample social media posts. Can’t or don’t want to post a photo? Support us!
Tuesday, October 19th: Day of Action
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 #WWV21 and tweeting at your Member of Congress.
Make 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.
Wednesday, October 20th: Week Without Violence Facebook Live with Special Guest
Join YWCA Interim CEO and COO, Elisha Rhodes and a very special guest, for an engaging Facebook Live on October 20, as they have an intimate conversation about violence against women and how we can collectively advocate for the support and resources that survivors and communities need to feel empowered as they move beyond just surviving to thriving.
Thursday, October 21st: Reimagining the Role of Resilience
Join us for a panel discussion on how we can reimagine the role of resilience and build thriving futures for survivors by centering healing – including replenishment, rest, and recovery – and addressing domestic and systemic violence, as well as the root causes of trauma, which feed into the cycle of harm.
More details coming soon!
Friday, October 22nd
More details coming soon!
Saturday, October 23rd: #SelfCareSaturday
Service providers, advocates, and activists in the fight to end gender-based violence all care deeply about these issues, and about the survivors they help each and every day. Unfortunately, this work can also cause vicarious trauma for individuals as they work with survivors who have undergone serious trauma or can retraumatize individuals who are survivors themselves.
Taking the time to engage in healing and self-care as a provider, advocate, activist, or survivor is an integral part of your own mental and physical well-being and will help make you an even more powerful advocate for your causes and clients.