DC Office of Human Rights Newsletter | Volume XXX | March 2021
Even though we celebrate women every day, March allows us to highlight the vast accomplishments of women both presently and throughout history. This month we celebrate trailblazers, glass ceiling smashers, barrier breakers, civil and human rights pioneers and strong every day women leaving their mark on this world. 

Much like Black History Month, Women's History Month started as a week-long celebration. Women's History Week began in Santa Rosa, California in 1978. Prior to that, International Women's Day began on March 8, 1911 and has occurred on that day ever since, but largely went uncelebrated in the United States until the United Nations formally sponsored it in 1975. 

This year marks 101 years of women's suffrage, which is why this year's Women's History Month theme is entitled: Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced. Be sure to check out events being hosted by the DC Public Library by clicking here, where they will host virtual programs and provide resources to honor these contributions and provide enriching opportunities to explore women's issues of the past, present and future. 
  
Happy Women's History Month! 
Director's Note
Dear DC Residents, Stakeholders and Partners, 

This month marks one year since the District recorded its first confirmed COVID-19 case, prompting the city to completely shut down and shifted the way we lived, worked and played.
 
I want to commend all of you and the women in our lives for your resiliency, strength and courage during this pandemic. Nurses, doctors, grocery store workers, community leaders and so many unsung heroes and first responders: a large majority are women and we thank each of you for your hard work and sacrifice. Thank you also to the grandmothers, aunties and mothers healing and holding their families together. Time and time again, you have answered the call to be strong, safeguarding your children, looking out for senior family members, wearing your masks and going to work practicing social distancing. 

DC has also come together in other ways. Coming to each other's aide in times of need during this pandemic by donating time, food and medical supplies. Staying vigilant against bigotry, especially aimed at the Black churches in our city and neighbors across Asian and Pacific Islander communities. It is so important that we help each other get through this crisis. Which is why I'm proud that OHR hosted an event entitled: Navigating Hate: Unity and Healing Through Community last month. This gave communities across the city the opportunity to dissect and process all of the compounding tragedies over the last year but the hope we still have to transform the present and future. 

Stay vigilant and stay safe. Happy Women's History Month, DC!

In service, 
Mónica Palacio, Director
Trait of the Month: Sex
This protected trait makes it illegal to discriminate against someone based on a person’s gender; sex discrimination includes sex harassment, and discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions, breastfeeding, and reproductive health decisions. For more information or to file a complaint, visit our website; ohr.dc.gov.
Join the OHR Team!
OHR is pleased to announce the following employment opportunities for March 2021. See vacancy details and instructions on how to apply below.
 
We are hiring for:
Equal Opportunity Specialists (Investigators)
  • Job ID: 12498
  • Grade: 12
  • # of Vacancies: 5

Investigators play a pivotal role within the agency by processing complaints filed by the public from the intake stage to completion. Additionally, they gather all necessary evidence to make a determination in a case. Duties include interviewing complainants, witnesses, representatives and respondents, evaluating the facts presented by both parties. Join the OHR team in the fight to eliminate discrimination, increase equal opportunity and protect human rights!

How to apply
Applications should be submitted online through the DC Government Careers Opportunities page by clicking the link below. Search for Job ID: 12498.
Pre-Registration for COVID-19 Vaccine Begins this Month
This month, the District will begin implementing a pre-registration system for making vaccine appointments. Under the new system, individuals will be able to provide their information to DC Health through a pre-registration website or by calling the District’s call center. Watch the how-to video above for a step-by-step instructions on how to pre-register. As appointments are made available, individuals who have pre-registered will receive an email, phone call and/or text message alerting them that they have an opportunity to make a vaccination appointment. Equity will continue to be a top priority, and DC Health will continue to set aside appointments for residents living in priority zip codes.

Additionally, improvements have also been made to vaccinate.dc.gov, including increased server capacity and a waiting room for smoother site operation.
#FitDC Herstory Virtual 5K | March 20, 2021
The #FITDC HerStory5K is the premier, civic celebration of women's history in the District.

In accordance with the Mayor’s Order for the DC Public Health Emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2021 version of this 5K run/walk will be virtual.

This year, instead of gathering at one location, we’re encouraging participants to sign up online and run/walk individually or with your household members in your own neighborhood, at a DPR track location, or at one of the suggested 5K routes described within the sign up portal.
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