Week of Action

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!

Today, and all through the week, we ask you to:

  • 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! YWCA is the largest network of domestic and sexual violence service 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 19th

Day of Action

Federal Agency Roundtable with Local YWCAs, 3:00 – 4:30 pm ET

Representatives from key administrative offices that address gender-based violence will brief the YWCA network on their office’s programmatic and budget priorities.
*Please note this is a closed event. Only YWCA leaders, program staff, and board members will be permitted to join.
Register here

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. Act Now!

Wednesday, October 20th

Week Without Violence Facebook Live with Option B

Join YWCA Interim CEO and COO, Elisha Rhodes and Rachel Thomas, CEO, Option B, for an engaging Facebook Live on October 20 at 2:30 p.m. ET, 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.

Attend by visiting our YWCA USA Facebook Page to watch live at 2:30 p.m. ET!

Thursday, October 21st

Reimagining the Role of Resilience

Join us for a dynamic discussion that reimagines the role of resilience for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. By centering healing – including replenishment, rest, and recovery – and addressing the root causes of trauma and systemic violence, we can both disrupt the cycle of harm and open pathways for survivors to build thriving futures for themselves and their families. Learn more and register for the event here.

Friday, October 22nd

#FeelGoodFriday

Brought to you by The Allstate Foundation
Follow along for #FeelGoodFriday, as we share stories of survivors who moved from surviving financial and domestic abuse to thriving with the Moving Ahead Curriculum.

Also, check out Episode #56 of Organize Your Butterflies in which Madeline Gregory, Philanthropy Manager, the Allstate Foundation discusses how The Allstate Foundation’s Moving Ahead Curriculum has made significant strides to serve survivors of GBV who need support when it comes to financial empowerment.

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.