"WISE was my life's work but I don't have the answers for the future. I do know there are a lot of smart women who can figure it out."
-excerpt from WISER episode two
Learning together

The spring session of our very popular WISE Foundations of Gender-Based Violence starts soon and we invite you to join us as we learn together.

WISE Foundations is a 15-hour training introducing participants to the cultural foundations of gender-based violence. We reflect on our history, current norms, and explore the realities of domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking. This training is recommended for all community members interested in understanding the work of WISE, becoming a volunteer, or simply curious about how and why gender-based violence exists.

Foundations training will take place Tuesday and Thursday evenings March 1 to 17, 6-7:30 pm by Zoom. To participate, please fill out the application by February 21st. Have questions? Email Stacey for more details. 

“Training went above my expectations. I didn't realize before how much I did not know! I am so much better informed about the subtle and not subtle forms of gender-based violence in all its manifestations than I was before the training.” - 2021 participant
Have you been listening?

Last Thursday, we released the third episode in our podcast series: WISER - 50 years ending gender-based violence. The series features stories of the people who helped evolve WISE into the organization it is today and who continue to create positive change against gender-based violence into the present and future. In the Summer of 2021, 16 people were interviewed by Jess Chayes, Northern Stage’s former BOLD Associate Artistic Director and award-winning director and producer of new work. In this engaging and informational podcast, personal stories from WISE’s past help connect us with the mission of creating a more peaceful Upper Valley. 

In the first episode, our host Jess Chayes sets the stage by introducing WISE, Northern Stage, and the Upper Valley. We meet Martha Popp and Alix Olson who share stories about WISE’s beginning as a grassroots resource center for women in the 1970s.

In the second episode, Jess interviews Shirley Barrett Rivard who worked at WISE for over three decades. Shirley shares what it was like in the early days when WISE shifted its focus to supporting survivors of gender-based violence.

In the third episode, Abby Tassel and Lizann Peyton talk about the mid-90s and how WISE evolved into a more structured organization and created opportunities for public conversations about gender-based violence.

Episode 4 will be released next Thursday! WISER is available for listening for free at the Northern Stage box office. If you haven't already, sign up here.
The WISER podcast series is generously sponsored by
Run with Team WISE!
The 30th annual Covered Bridges Half Marathon will take place in person on June 6, 2022. CBHM is known as the best 13.1 miles in New England.

We have a few spots remaining on our team - sign up and and run with Team WISE. It is a great way to join in the fun and fundraise for a meaningful cause.

Click here to learn more and sign up.

“For me, running the Covered Bridges Half Marathon on behalf of WISE combines different things I love about living in the Upper Valley: natural beauty, a sense of community, and dedication to its improvement.” – Jessica, Team WISE
Leading the Upper Valley to end gender-based violence
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every hour, every day · 866-348-WISE
tel: 603-448-8922 · fax: 603-448-2799 · www.wiseuv.org