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Program Impact

12,250


Women receive support and advocacy to rebuild their lives after experiencing domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Services

2,927


Children and mothers develop new tools needed for success in life including job and school readiness.

Education & Job Training

2,400


Children and youth receive outreach and counseling to help cope with trauma and develop health relationship skills.

Children's Services

It Takes Courage

I didn’t recognize all the signs. They started so small and built up slowly over time. It wasn’t all bad. A lot of it was really wonderful. The violent episodes were sometimes years apart. That is what made it so hard, so confusing.

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SPEAK UP – ADVOCATE

Your voice has power and can have an amazing impact in your community. There are many ways you can get involved and make a difference in the lives of women, children, and families on a local level and nationally.

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MAKE AN IMPACT – VISIONARY WOMEN

We believe in a community where all women and children have a safe place to live. A place where women have the opportunity to earn a livable wage and families can live free from violence, in peace, and with dignity.

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Upcoming events

Featured Event

1 Billion Rising 2017 Feb 17

Every February, we rise – in hundreds of countries across the world – to show our local communities and the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors most often face.  We rise through dance to express joy and community and and celebrate the fact that we have not been defeated by this violence. We rise to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.

1 Billion Rising 2017

Upcoming Events

Feb
17
Fri
1 Billion Rising 2017 @ Spokane Falls Community College, Building 17, Lounge C
Feb 17 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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1 Billion Rising 2017

Rise! Disrupt! Connect!

1 in 3 women across the planet will experience domestic or sexual violence in her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. Every February, we rise – in hundreds of countries across the world – to show our local communities and the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors most often face.  We rise through dance to express joy and community and and celebrate the fact that we have not been defeated by this violence. We rise to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.

THIS YEAR, WE ARE RISING IN SOLIDARITY AGAINST THE EXPLOITATION OF WOMEN.

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Join Us and Invite Your Friends.

JOIN US: Join YWCA Spokane, Spokane Falls Community College, Lutheran Community Services, and other local agencies and community members as we join together on Feb 17th to honor the annual 1 Billion Rising Event for justice.

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About 1 Billion Rising

One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history.

The original campaign, launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On 14 February 2013, people across the world came together to express their outrage, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women. On 14 February 2014, One Billion Rising for Justice focused on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence, and highlighted the impunity that lives at the intersection of poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy. For the third year of the campaign, One Billion Rising’s global coordinators chose the theme of “Revolution” as an escalation of the demand for justice, and to build upon the massive efforts of communities worldwide that also looked at the roots and causes of violence as part of their call for justice. On (or around) 14 February 2015, millions of activists in over 200 countries gathered to Rise for REVOLUTION, to change the paradigm, demand accountability, justice and systematic CHANGE. We are rising to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable. In 2016, the theme of Revolution continues with a call to focus on marginalized women and to bring national and international focus to their issues; to bring in new artistic energy; to amplify Revolution as a call for system change to end violence against women and girls*; to call on people to rise for others, and not just for ourselves.

*Women and girls is an inclusive term reflecting all those who were assigned and/or identify as female.

Learn more about 1 Billion Rising at onebillionrising.org

Join thousands of people & Impact a global movement:

• Learn the Dance “Break the Chain” www.onebillionrising.org
• Join us Feb 17th @ 11:30pm with Presenter Ann Jackson-Avery
• Post to Social Media about what needs to be done
• Talk with friends and family about what can be done in our community
• Post pictures of “Why I Rise”
• Speak up when you see violence or inequalities shown in our community
• Set your own gender-based norms
• Counter norms that promote gender-based violence
• Contact your political representative and support survivors
• Educate yourself and give capitals

Local CONTACT INFO

Sheri Staudinger, Wellness coordination – sheri.staudinger@ccs.Spokane.edu

Maggie Krug, AWS Advisor – maggie.krug@sfcc.spokane.edu

Feb
22
Wed
Paint It Forward @ Pinot's Palette
Feb 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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Enjoy a ‘sip & paint’ night at Pinot’s Palette while helping to raise funds for YWCA Spokane’s Alternatives to Domestic Violence Programs Client Assistance Fund. A portion of seat sales benefit YWCA Spokane. The more people who participate, the more we can raise for the women and children we serve. There are up to 60 seats available! We hop you can join us!

Print and Share Flyer – Paint It Forward

  • $35 per person and open to the public
  • 2hr Painting Class
  • Doors Open at 5pm, arrive early to secure your seat
  • Beverages are available for purchase
  • You are welcome to bring your own snacks.

Direct any questions to Pinto’s Palette at spokane@pinotspalette.com or call 509.290.5098.

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Mar
4
Sat
International Women’s Day – Spokane 2017 @ Spokane Woman's Club
Mar 4 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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International Women’s Day is a global celebration of people from every background and all walks of life. In Spokane, we will use this opportunity to foster community among women and to share knowledge and resources focused on the advancement and empowerment of women.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

IWD-2017-Flyerimg smallFavianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural organizer, and activist based out of Oakland, CA; she is well known for using her art as a tool for activism on a larger scale. Her designs and projects focus on a wide variety of social issues ranging from immigration to interdependence and everything in between.

Rodriguez is involved in various advocacy groups including, but not limited to, Presente.org and Culture Strike, in which she is the Executive Director. Rodriguez was recently featured in a documentary series titled Migration is Beautiful, which addressed how artists responded to failed immigrant policies in the United States.

A DAY FULL OF ACTIVITIES

Leading up to Rodriguez’s keynote, we will have a special guest present, Idaho State Representative Paulette Jordan. There will also be a tabling event to give guests a chance to obtain resources in our community and to network with organizations. This will be followed by Favianna’s ‘Migration is Beautiful’ workshop-in which the butterfly represents a new way of thinking about migration, rooted in transformation and movement. This is done through street art and art prints, clothing, and interactive experiences to reach people on a larger scale, replacing images of fear with visions of shared humanity.

Directly following Favianna’s workshop there will be three interactive and empowering workshops titled: Applying Mindfulness with Dori Langevin, Bollywood Dance with Naghmana Sherazi, and Challenging Oppressive Statements with Liz Moore.

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OPEN TO ALL

This event is free, kid friendly, and open to the public. Registration is not required, though appreciated for planning success. Access accomidations can be scheduled with at least 10 business days notice prior to the event. If accomidations are needed, please call 509.464.9875.

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EVENT ORGANIZERS

Each year the International Women’s Day planning committee is comprised of multiple members of various organizations, universities, and businesses throughout Spokane and surrounding areas. This year’s committee includes representatives from Eastern Washington University Women’s and Gender Studies Program, YWCA Spokane, Spokane Woman’s Club, Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, Lutheran Community Services Northwest, Center for Justice, Peace and Justice Action League, Spokane Area NOW, Spokane Community College, Whitworth University, Salish School, Washington CAN, Gonzaga University Multicultural Education Center, Gonzaga University LGBT Resource Center, Spokane Women Together, Transitions, as well as, many individuals.

PARTNER WITH US

Both corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities are available until March 3rd, as are additional opportunities for participation. For more information, please contact Lisa Logan, Eastern Washington University Women’s Studies Center Manager, llogan83@ewu.edu or (509) 359-2898.