Week Without Violence 2020- Day by Day Rundown of Events starts this Sunday!
YWCA of Orange County is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. For more than 20 years, our national organization has set aside one week in October as a Week Without Violence – a week to raise awareness and engage action to end the broad spectrum of violence – as part of a global movement with World YWCA to end violence against women and girls.

At YWCA of Orange County, we know that not all violence is acknowledged or responded to equally and that some victims go unrecognized altogether. That’s why we focus on ending gender-based violence, including domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and harassment.

We invite you to join us from October 18 – 24, as we talk about the intersectionality of race and domestic violence, share information, elevate stories, talk with policymakers, and raise awareness with a common goal in mind to educate ourselves and our communities, engage elected officials, and empower survivors.

Below you will find a day-by-day rundown of all the events for the week of action. We hope that you will join us for as we as we talk about the intersectionality of racial, gender, and domestic violence, share information, elevate stories, talk with policymakers, and raise awareness with a common goal in mind: to educate ourselves and our communities, engage elected officials, and empower survivors. 
Sunday, October 18: Organize Your Butterflies - Special Week Without Violence Series

Download, listen, and share this special #WWV20 edition of Organize Your Butterflies from wherever you get your podcasts.

Monday, October 19: Ending Violence Against all Womexn Virtual Panel

Join us for this virtual panel in which we will engage leaders of partner organizations who are working to eliminate violence against ALL womxn and their communities in a discussion that will provide facts and stats, debunk myths, and provide resources to help survivors thrive.

Tuesday, October 20: A World Without Violence
Help us raise awareness about gender-based violence and support for survivors by taking a Week Without Violence campaign selfie using one of our fillable signs and/or making a donation!
Wednesday, October 21: Capital Hill Call In Day and Making the Local Focal

Capitol Hill Call-In Day – This Capitol Hill Call-In Day, we invite you to engage your Members of Congress by taking action online; calling your legislators; and engaging with these discussions on social media, using the hashtag #WWV20 to tweet at your Member of Congress.

Making the Local Focal – Engage with your state and local elected officials on this important issue. Ask questions about their position on policies that support survivors and help hold them accountable.
Thursday, October 22: Virtual Capitol Hill Briefing

Join YWCA USA as we lead Member of Congress through a virtual tour of facilities that are providing trauma-informed services that meet the housing, justice, and economic needs of survivors of violence and abuse.

These tours show first-hand how YWCA USA is helping survivors and their children thrive using emergency funding received from the CARES Act and annual federal funding supported by the Family Violence Prevention & Services Act (FVPSA) and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). As the nation’s largest network of domestic and sexual violence service providers, this funding is critical to allow YWCAs to continue to provide critical and necessary services for survivors and their children.

Register today to join in on our virtual tour that we hope will inspire and encourage Congress to reprioritize COVID-19 relief funding for FVPSA and VAWA.
Friday, October 23: #FreedomFriday Instagram Live

Join us for our #FreedomFriday Instagram Live from 2 to 3 p.m. ET, in which our CEO, Alejandra Y. Castillo and Kim Pentico, Director of Economic Justice Program, National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) will have an engaging and informative conversation about violence against womxn and how to best support survivors in the quest for freedom from abuse.

The conversation will be opened and closed with an empowering music set from DJ DOMO that you won’t want to miss!
Saturday, October 24: #SelfCareSaturday

Service providers, advocates, and activists in the fight to end gender-based violence all care deeply about these issues, and about the survivors they help each and every day. Unfortunately, this work can also cause vicarious trauma for individuals as they work with survivors who have undergone serious trauma or can retraumatize individuals who are survivors themselves.

On Saturday, we will reveal a few resources 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.
Sunday, October 18th- Organize Your Butterflies- A Special Week Without Violence Series
Help us kick-off Week Without Violence 2020 by tuning in to hear from partner organizations and experts working to support survivors and prevent gender-based violence. Download, listen, and share this special #WWV20 edition of Organize Your Butterflies. We will post a total of five podcasts during Week Without Violence, so be sure to check back daily.
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White Paper Report: America's Recovery from the 2020 "Shecession"
We are living through our nation’s first female-driven recession. Fueled by disappearing service-sector jobs and a lack of childcare options, the COVID19 and economic crisis has triggered a nationwide "shecession.” Our report, America’s Recovery from the 2020 “Shecession”: Building a Female Future of Childcare and Work, in partnership with The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, provides practical guidelines for tackling childcare and the female future of work.

Click here to read our findings and recommendations that lay the groundwork upon which we hope our legislative leaders will develop and enact a comprehensive policy response.

Get Out and Vote!!
Watch the Discussion and Analysis of Executive Order Impact on YWCA Network
The YWCA USA Public Policy and Advocacy Department continues to analyze and monitor the effect of the Presidential Executive Order (EO) signed on September 22, 2020. This thinly veiled statement attempts to combat race and sex stereotyping, yet as leaders in the racial justice community committed to confronting and combatting systemic racism and gender inequities, we see it for what it is - the chilling and egregious attempt by the Administration to further divide our country.
We look forward to keeping you updated on developments on this Executive Order and other actions taking place in Washington, D.C. In the interim, if you missed last Friday’s conversation, we encourage you to watch the video for analysis and information about the impact on the YWCA network. You may also continue to direct questions on the EO by emailing us with the subject line “Executive Order”.
October 18 - 24: Week Without Violence
October 22: Presidential Debate
October 23#FreedomFriday Instagram Live   
October 24: National Vote Early Day
October 29: Latina Equal Pay Day
November 5: YWConnect: 2020 Election Analysis


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