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 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 supports 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
Use our helpful (including toolkits and materials) and to support your organization’s efforts to end gender-based violence! Don’t forget to create a Week Without Violence account to register your participation and your event to gain access to 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 any (or all!) of our national Week of Action activities, October 18 – 24, 2020
Visit our Week of Action page for more information:
- Sunday, October 18: Organize Your Butterflies: A Special Week Without Violence Series: Help us kick off Week Without Violence 2020 by tuning in to hear from partner organizations and experts working to support survivors and prevent gender-based violence. Download, listen, and share this special #WWV20 edition of Organize Your Butterflies. We will post a total of five podcasts during Week Without Violence 2020, so be sure to check back daily.
- Monday, October 19: Ending Violence Against All Womxn Virtual Panel: Join us in the virtual panel discussion in which we will engage leaders of partner organizations who are working to eliminate violence against ALL womxn and their communities by providing facts and stats, debunking myths, and providing resources to help survivors thrive.
- Tuesday, October 20: 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.
- Wednesday, October 21: Day of Action – Capitol Hill Call In Day and Making the Local Focal
- 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 #WWV20 to tweet at your Member of Congress.
- 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.
- Thursday, October 22: Virtual Capitol Hill Briefing: Join us for virtual site visits to hear from local service providers helping survivors and their children thrive through programs supported by the Family Violence Prevention & Services Act (FVPSA), the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and other federal programs. These YWCAs will provide a virtual tour of their facilities that are providing trauma-informed services that meet the housing, economic, justice, and other needs of survivors of violence and abuse.
- Friday, October 18: #FreedomFriday Instagram Live sponsored by Allstate: Join us for an engaging Instagram Live discussion from 2 to 3 p.m. ET, hosted by YWCA in which we will have an intimate conversation about violence against womxn and how you can offer your support in the quest for freedom from abuse.
- Saturday, October 19: #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, however, 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, or activist 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