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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(26 words, 2 images, estimated 6 secs reading time)
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)
by Leila Milani
Senior International Policy Advocate, Futures Without Violence
Over the past few weeks, an appalling story has been making the rounds about two young sisters in rural India sentenced by an all-male village council to be gang raped and publicly humiliated.
While the details of the incident are cloudy at best, and have been contested by the village council, what we know for sure is that these incidents happen on a daily basis across the globe. They happen in Nigeria. In Afghanistan. In Iran. And yes, in India.
by Ruth Glenn
Executive Director, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
Recently, I attended a domestic violence Summit to launch the Women’s Coalition for Common Sense with Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. I was honored to join leaders from across the nation to address the intersection of guns and domestic violence. I was asked to share my personal story as a survivor of domestic and gun violence. Though I have told my story many times, this time felt different. To be on the same stage with other survivors was more than moving, it was empowering. I know that what happened to me helps me to empathize with other survivors and emboldens me to advocate to end the dangerous mix of domestic violence and guns.
Keeping Guns out of the Hands of Abusers full post
(932 words, 2 images, estimated 3:44 mins reading time)