By Katie Stanton
Social Media & Online Engagement Manager, YWCA USA
The YWCA Week Without Violence™, held annually every third week in October, is a signature initiative created by YWCA USA nearly 20 years ago to mobilize people in communities across the United States to take action against all forms of violence, wherever it occurs. Each year, YWCAs all around the country host local Week Without Violence™ events and create a public dialogue about violence, in all of its forms.
For our blog carnival this year, we asked: What will it take to end violence against women and girls?
Women and girls can face interlocking barriers, such as sexism and racism, which play integral roles in our understanding and awareness of how and why violence is propagated. The question for many on the front lines becomes: how can we more effectively encourage our communities to help put an end to all forms of violence, while considering the influence of systems like racism and sexism? How can we, as communities and as a larger society, work to change our culture of violence – whether it is through the language we use, the cultural values and social norms we find ourselves adhering to, or the sort of news that gets widely covered?
Check out all of the posts:
Jessica Peacock, YWCA Bergen, What will it take to end violence against women and children?
Sarah Dugan, YWCA Bergen, Giving Women a Voice
Barbara Paradiso, YWCA of Boulder County, What Will It Take to End Violence Against Women and Girls?
Allison Dearing, YWCA Central Alabama, What will it take to end violence against women and girls?
Linda Cavaioli, YWCA Central Massachusetts, There is No Excuse for Abuse: Together We Can End Violence against Women
Erin McCarthy and Sangeetha Shivaji, YWCA Greensboro, Understanding Domestic Violence: How the Community Can Help
Johnette Walser, YWCA Greensboro, YWORLD: Early Intervention to Stand Against Domestic Violence
Yajaira Gonzales, YWCA Greenwich, The Bystander Approach: Acknowledging our Responsibility
Fran Murphy, YWCA New Britain, How Men Can End Violence Against Women, Boys and Girls
Hillary Soens, YWCA of Olympia, Using Technology to Prevent Violence and Promote Healthy Relationships
Lori Weckerly, J.D., YWCA of San Diego, Shoes That Make a Statement
Denise Miller, Firesteel, Domestic Violence: Name it. Act to End It.
Anne Hedgepeth, AAUW, Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Is Getting an Upgrade
Meghan Kempf, Equal Justice Works, Knowledge: The Solution to Ending Violence against Women and Girls
Brina Milikowsky, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Stronger Gun Laws Will Save Women’s Lives
Jared Watkins, Men Can Stop Rape, Preventing Violence Through Healthy Masculinity
Chai Jindasurat, New York City Anti-Violence Project, Intimate Partner Violence and the LGBTQ Community
Beccah Golubock Watson, NWLC, Know Your Rights: Sexual Violence on Campus
Lauren Khori, NWLC, Fairness at Work Promotes Women’s Safety at Home
Yumhee Park, NWLC, The American Dream: Absolutely No Tolerance for Domestic Violence
Carmen Hawker and Ada Conroy, Women’s Health in the North, Week Without Violence in Victoria, Australia: A Critical Campaign for the Community
We’re also posting daily informational blogs about different aspects of violence, authored by Qudsia Jafree, YWCA USA’s Advocacy & Policy Manager of Health and Safety. Check back throughout the week for more of these posts!
October 14: Domestic Violence
“Despite the incredible work local nonprofits and shelters do on a daily basis to provide victims of violence resources and services, nearly 10,500 requests for services per day go by unmet.”
October 15: Sexual Assault
“According to a 2013 report by the National Alliance to End Sexual Assault (NAESV), over 1.3 million women are raped each year in the U.S., with 1 out of every 5 women experiencing attempted or completed rape.”
October 16: Hate Crimes
“Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI announced that it would begin tracking hate crimes against 7 new subgroups: Sikhs, Hindus, Arabs, Mormons, Buddhists, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Orthodox Christians.”
October 17: Racial Profiling
“As one of the oldest and largest women’s rights organizations in the United States, the YWCA is particularly committed to ensuring that immigration reform legislation is inclusive of provisions that protect and understand the unique challenges that immigrant women and families experience.”
October 18: Sexual Trafficking
“According to the United Nations, an estimated 700,000 – 2 million women are trafficked across international borders annually. If you take into account rates of trafficking within the United States, that number looks a lot larger, at nearly 4 million women per year.”
Thank you to all of our carnival participants. Check out our hashtag #ywcaWWV to see all of the posts and activities that are taking place across the country today, and we welcome you to join the conversation!
To find out how your local YWCA is celebrating Week Without Violence™, find the location nearest you.
This post is part of the YWCA Week Without Violence™ 2013 Blog Carnival. We invite you to join the dialogue! Post your comment below, share your story and follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #ywcaWWV.