Week Without Violence

For nearly 30 years YWCA has set aside one week in October as a Week Without Violence – a week when YWCAs join as part of a global movement with World YWCA to end gender-based violence. Week Without Violence 2022 took place on October 17-22. There were many different opportunities to get engaged, learn about, and advocate against gender-based violence. View photos and descriptions below.

Thank You to Partners and Participants for a Successful Event!

Events

Monday, October 17

Imagine a World Without Violence

•Social Media Challenge – All Day

Join us for a social media blast envisioning a world without violence

When we envision a world without violence, we begin to build a path toward creating that world. Help us raise awareness about gender-based violence, support survivors, and envision a world without violence! Take a Week Without Violence selfie, or group photo, using a customizable sign (stop in to fill one out at YWCA Greater Green Bay, or print your own: Option 1Option 2). Tag YWCA Greater Green Bay (Facebook, Instagram) on social media and use the #WWV22, then tag 5 friends and challenge them to do the same!

•Leaders Are Readers – 8:30-9:00am

Green Bay Mayor, Eric Genrich

Local leaders read with our childcare students – read along on Facebook Live

Reading to children at a young age enriches their understanding of the world around them, enhances cognitive development, and helps them gain the language they need to express themselves. By reading to our children, we prepare them for future success, while building a foundation of empathy for others. Each day during Week Without Violence a different community leader will spend time reading to our childcare students. Everyone is invited to attend each reading virtually via Facebook livestream – follow us on Facebook to read along.

Tuesday, October 18

Advocacy Day of Action

•Legislator Engagement – All Day

Reach out to legislators encouraging the reauthorization of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) has been instrumental in preventing and responding to gender-based violence. Since its initial authorization in 1984 and subsequent reauthorizations, FVPSA has created the first and only federal funding stream dedicated to supporting domestic violence programs and shelters, thereby directly addressing the childcare, housing, community support, transportation, and other barriers that survivors of gender-based violence face in accessing safety and resources. Join us all day as we reach out to our legislators to encourage the reauthorization of this law that is essential to women’s health and safety.

•Leaders Are Readers – 9:00-9:30am

Representative Kristina Shelton

Local leaders read with our childcare students – read along on Facebook Live

Reading to children at a young age enriches their understanding of the world around them, enhances cognitive development, and helps them gain the language they need to express themselves. By reading to our children, we prepare them for future success, while building a foundation of empathy for others. Each day during Week Without Violence a different community leader will spend time reading to our childcare students. Everyone is invited to attend each reading virtually via Facebook livestream – follow us on Facebook to read along.

Wednesday, October 19

Survivors' Stories

•Leaders Are Readers – 9:30-10:00am

Heather Milbach, Schreiber Foods

Local leaders read with our childcare students – read along on Facebook Live

Reading to children at a young age enriches their understanding of the world around them, enhances cognitive development, and helps them gain the language they need to express themselves. By reading to our children, we prepare them for future success, while building a foundation of empathy for others. Each day during Week Without Violence a different community leader will spend time reading to our childcare students. Everyone is invited to attend each reading virtually via Facebook livestream – follow us on Facebook to read along.

•Stand Against Racism – 12:00-12:30pm

Facebook Video with Wise Women Gathering Place discussing their holistic approach to healing from violence.

Stand Against Racism is our opportunity to have open and safe conversations about building an inclusive community. As part of the YWCA Greater Green Bay Stand Against Racism, we host a weekly series on Wednesdays where we illuminate issues involving race in our community and highlight the voices of people here who are making a difference. This week we will be joined by Wise Women Gathering Place to discuss gender-based violence.

•We Need to Talk...A Frank Discussion on the Spectrum of Abuse – 6:00-7:30pm

with Janine Latus, International Best Selling Author of "If I am Missing or Dead"

We need to talk, because the idea that ‘what happens in the home stays in the home’ is getting us killed. It’s allowing perpetrators to re-offend, rapists to rape, batterers to move to another victim. Janine, the author of the international bestseller If I Am Missing or Dead, uses her own family’s heart-breaking story to illustrate the insidious signs of abuse, to help audience members recognize them in their own lives and in those of their clients, friends and family, to intervene or ask for help, to break free or help others to do so, and then to build a life free from fear.

Janine has spoken around the world on the spectrum of sexual assault and intimate partner violence, to the United States Navy, universities, shelters, Major League Baseball and corporations.

Her talks are part story, part strategy, based on the Duluth Power & Control Wheel and full of practical action items. But because they are built on a story, they resonate long after everyone has left the session room.

Thursday, October 20

Building Resilient Communities

•Leaders Are Readers – 10:00-10:30am

Green Bay Police Department

Local leaders read with our childcare students – read along on Facebook Live

Reading to children at a young age enriches their understanding of the world around them, enhances cognitive development, and helps them gain the language they need to express themselves. By reading to our children, we prepare them for future success, while building a foundation of empathy for others. Each day during Week Without Violence a different community leader will spend time reading to our childcare students. Everyone is invited to attend each reading virtually via Facebook livestream – follow us on Facebook to read along.

•YWCA National Town Hall – 2:00-3:30pm

Join YWCA USA for a dynamic discussion on Centering Survivors of domestic and sexual violence

By centering survivors in our GOTV efforts and in our discussions about today’s most divisive issues – including gun violence and mass shootings, reproductive health restrictions, anti-LGBTQ+ laws, and police violence – we can bridge divides and build support among voters, candidates, and policymakers for the services and solutions survivors need to build safe and thriving futures.

This virtual town hall event will include speakers such as:

  • Margaret Mitchell: CEO, YWCA USA
  • Ruth Glenn: President and CEO, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
  • Francesca Rattray: CEO, YWCA San Antonio
  • Terra Russell-Slavin: Chief Impact Officer, LA LGBT Center

More information will be coming soon, but this event wouldn’t be complete without your participation – register today!

•Self Defense Workshop – 5:30-6:30pm

Learn from experts at the Green Bay Police Department who will lead this workshop empowering women to keep themselves safe

Working to create a world without violence also means equipping women with the tools they need to keep themselves safe. Officers will help women anticipate signs of danger and empower them to defend themselves against potential violence. Space is limited, please register by October 19.

Friday, October 21

Together We Are Stronger

•Golden House Wishlist Donations – All Day

Stop in for additional open hours at our Boutique, and bring in a wishlist item for Golden House to receive a free clothing item of choice!

We are partnering with Golden House, a local domestic abuse support program and shelter, to help meet their wishlist item needs. The Madison Street Boutique will be open for a “Pop-Up Shop” for a limited time. Bring in an item from Golden Houses wishlist to receive a free clothing item of choice! Feel free to bring your donation during the pop-up shop hours to choose your item right away, or drop off your donation at the front desk any time on October 20 to receive a voucher for a free clothing item from the boutique redeemable at a later date. 

•Leaders Are Readers – 9:30-10:00am

Benjamin Reith, Bellin College

Local leaders read with our childcare students – read along on Facebook Live

Reading to children at a young age enriches their understanding of the world around them, enhances cognitive development, and helps them gain the language they need to express themselves. By reading to our children, we prepare them for future success, while building a foundation of empathy for others. Each day during Week Without Violence a different community leader will spend time reading to our childcare students. Everyone is invited to attend each reading virtually via Facebook livestream – follow us on Facebook to read along.

•Boutique Pop-Up Shop – 12:00-1:00pm

Stop in for additional open hours at our Boutique, and bring in a wishlist item for Golden House to receive a free clothing item of choice!

We are partnering with Golden House, a local domestic abuse support program and shelter, to help meet their wishlist item needs. The Madison Street Boutique will be open for a “Pop-Up Shop” for a limited time. Bring in an item from Golden Houses wishlist to receive a free clothing item of choice! Feel free to bring your donation during the pop-up shop hours to choose your item right away, or drop off your donation at the front desk any time on October 20 to receive a voucher for a free clothing item from the boutique redeemable at a later date. 

Saturday, October 22

#SelfCareSaturday

•Yoga and Meditation – 9:00-10:15am

Free calming yoga and meditation for service providers, advocates, survivors, and activists

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. This relaxing class will be followed by light refreshments, and conversation. If you are a provider, advocate, survivor, or activist please join us for this free event. Space is limited, please register by October 21.

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