YWCA helps over 500,000 survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault every year.
In February of 2002, I had left my abusive partner and was living on my own with my two teenage daughters in a motel. I was working overnights for the Department of Transportation and struggling to do it all on my own. It was hard, it was isolating, and it was a scary time. My ex-partner was stalking me, and I had to lock my daughters in the hotel room at night, instructing them to call 911 if he ever came there.
On A Mission: Holly’s Story full post
(509 words, 1 image, estimated 2:02 mins reading time)
YWCA USA is now accepting blog submissions from young women and girls of color under 21 as part of our 2016 Stand Against Racism campaign. Throughout the campaign, which is themed “On a Mission for Girls of Color,” we will highlight issues that impact girls of color such as racial profiling in school, access to safe play, and healthcare.
Want to share your story? Send submissions of 700 words or less by March 31 to email@example.com. If your submission is selected, we’ll feature it on YWCA USA’s blog and share it on our social media channels.
We hope to hear from you!
Send Us Your Stories full post
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by Qudsia Raja
YWCA USA Advocacy and Policy Manager
Growing up, I remember playing the association game with my friends — the premise is exactly what it sounds like: name the first thing that comes to mind when you hear a particular word. Banana. Pajamas. Clouds. Care Bears. They all may seem like random, disconnected words at first glance, but dig a bit deeper into my 8-year-old brain and the connection will probably become more apparent.
by Qudsia Raja and Danielle Marse-Kapr
For three seasons, Danny Castellano was the body-rolling, crush-worthy grouch of our dreams. Sure, Danny and Mindy didn’t always see eye-to-eye and Danny didn’t always seem to appreciate what he had, but we were rooting for them (almost) every step of the way.
Power and Control on The Mindy Project full post
(1153 words, 1 image, estimated 4:37 mins reading time)
by Kelsey Janway
Youth Ambassador, Center for Native American Youth
“I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” ―Malala Yousafzai
The relevancy of this quote continues and will not soon shake. Being a young female itself can be difficult; being a young native female can be even more challenging. We’re constantly forced to believe we shouldn’t be in leadership positions; that we aren’t the face of strength and brilliance. Time and time again, we’re not taken seriously because of our gender.
Empowering Native Women and Girls full post
(322 words, 1 image, estimated 1:17 mins reading time)
by Laurie Gayle
Chair, YWCA Scotland — The Young Women’s Movement
By the time she’d reached the refugee camp where I was working the nightshift, she’d walked 17 kilometres from the Serbian border. Carrying her 4-month old in her arms, her shoes were sodden and caked in mud. There had been heavy rain in Croatia that week and the ground in Opatovac Refugee Camp was flooded. A heavy fog had descended, cloaking much of the camp and limiting visibility. It was also freezing. That was the night she’d become separated from her husband in the crowd.
For Veterans Day, we’re sharing inspiring words about women in the military made during past YWCA USA Women of Distinction galas by our honorees.
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by Andrea Gadsen
Writer and Publisher
“Maybe when he looks at me he sees mommy.”
I pondered this thought over and over again in the midst of my own abuse as a child. Nothing else made sense.
I watched as my mother experienced violent rages from a man she had already divorced. Sometimes, my sister and I only heard the signs of a battle. A slap. A scream. A scuffle. Did he love her? And why did love sound so scary?
Keeping Children Safe from Domestic Violence full post
(804 words, 2 images, estimated 3:13 mins reading time)
by Tehreem Rahman
MPH Candidate, Yale/Johns Hopkins
Why don’t people in abusive relationships just leave?
This is a question that is all too often asked. There are numerous barriers that prevent victims of domestic violence from leaving abusive situations such as racism in the criminal justice system, immigration status, and fear for one’s safety, just to name a few. Financial barriers also play a significant role.
By Magda López-Cárdenas
YWCA of Colombia
I would like to give you a panoramic view of violence against girls and young women in Colombia within the framework of the armed conflict in my country. Many arbitrary actions are still occurring in the midst of the war, despite institutional and civil society efforts, International Humanitarian Law and reports from victims. Addressing the narrow gap between the impact of the conflict on combatants and non-combatants remains a goal with so far relatively few results, since in the competition to win the war, chaos reigns and civil rights fall to the mercy of armed actors.
Addressing Armed Conflict in Colombia full post
(641 words, 2 images, estimated 2:34 mins reading time)