Thank you for your support of this year's YWCA Week Without Violence. To see photos of this year's events, visit the online photo gallery or our Facebook page.
This October marks the 19th year YWCA Topeka has organized the YWCA Week Without Violence. Topekans will join with people in 60 countries to mark the week-long series of events promoting diverse approaches to creating a violence-free world. The local event is organized by a committee of community leaders and sponsored by YWCA Topeka and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas.
The theme of this year’s Topeka YWCA Week Without Violence Week Without Violence is NO MORE, bringing the national NO MORE campaign to Topeka. NO MORE is a simple idea, a unified national symbol to draw attention to the fact that there are people all around us who are hurt – directly or indirectly — by domestic violence and sexual assault.
Please joins us for this year’s YWCA Week Without Violence as we work towards a community with NO MORE domestic violence or sexual assault.
Sunday, October 13
Anti-Violence Crafternoon at YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment Art Room from 1-3 - Join us for an afternoon of crafting to end domestic violence. Signs, jewelry and pinback buttons are on the agenda as peace activists get together with Topeka’s own Craftivists to create NO MORE themed items.
Monday, October 14
Social Media Day - Supporters on Facebook and Twitter can use the hashtag #nomoredv and infographics from the YWCA Topeka to help spread awareness and end violence. Be sure to follow YWCA Topeka on Facebook
and @ywcatopeka on Twitter to be a part of the conversation.
Tuesday, October 15
Working Towards a Violence Free Community Tree Dedication and Memorial on Jackson County Courthouse Lawn from 5:30-6:30 - Holton’s YWCA Center for Safety Empowerment is hosting a small community celebration. We will have a brief dedication ceremony honoring those who have been impacted by violence, followed by pizza and drinks in appreciation of all the community members and professionals that work to keep Jackson County safe.
Wednesday, October 16
Forbidden Voices: How to Start a Revolution with a Computer Film Screening at WU Memorial Union Vogel Room, 7-9 - Their voices are suppressed, prohibited and censored. But world-famous bloggers Yoani Sánchez, Zeng Jinyan and Farnaz Seifi are unafraid of their dictatorial regimes. These fearless women represent a new, networked generation of modern rebels. In Cuba, China and Iran their blogs shake the foundations of the state information monopoly, putting them at great risk. This film accompanies these brave young cyberfeminists on perilous journeys. Eyewitness reports and clandestine footage show Sánchez's brutal beating by Cuban police for criticizing her country's regime; Chinese human rights activist Jinyan under house arrest for four years; and Iranian journalist and women's advocate Seifi forced into exile, where she blogs under a pseudonym. Tracing each woman's use of social media to denounce and combat violations of human rights and free speech in her home country, FORBIDDEN VOICES attests to the Internet's potential for building international awareness and political pressure.
Thursday, October 17
NO MORE Teen Club at TSCPL Anton Room 202 from 5:30-6:30 - It’s true! We're starting a NO MORE Club for Topeka teens ages 13 - 18. You may be asking what a NO MORE Club is. The answer to your question is: AWESOME. That’s what a NO MORE Club is, but there’s more. To end domestic violence and sexual assault, we need your help! Topeka’s NO MORE club plans to put together some fun public events and work on social media to get the word out about our campaign (plus your ideas!). We want to put your talents to good use, whether you’re an artist, an athlete, a musician or just obsessively post on Twitter 24/7. Want to help? YES! We’re having a meeting! Oh, and we’ll have snacks, because we seriously LOVE snacks.
Friday, October 18
March to End Domestic Violence starting at noon on the South side of the Kansas Capitol Building, ending at YWCA Topeka, 12-1 - This banner event of the YWCA Week Without Violence attracts hundreds of marchers against violence. Participants will travel through downtown to the YWCA where they can enjoy a free hot dog lunch and participate in action stations to learn how to stay involved. The march will take place rain or shine, but in the case of severe weather, participants may come directly to the YWCA for lunch and action stations indoors.
Thank you to our 2013 YWCA Week Without Violence sponsors:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Consumer Law KC, Dr. Pepper, Frito Lay, Keys Club at Seaman High School, Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, Teens Taking Action, Topeka Police Department, Jhetts Pizza