Women of Achievement – 2017 @ The Davenport Grand Hotel
Sep 28 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon – 2017

YWCA Spokane is celebrating our 35th annual Women of Achievement awards luncheon. The luncheon is designed to express gratitude for our local winners, provide inspiration to the attendees, and raise awareness of domestic abuse in our community. Learn more…

International Women’s Day 2018 @ Spokane Women's Club
Mar 10 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

International Women’s Day 2018 – Spokane

Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity.


Sandy Williams, Publisher of Spokane’s first African-American newspaper, The Black Lens News.

Join us for Spokane’s celebration of International Women’s Day 2018, as we gather to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

This year’s local event will press forward and progress gender parity by focusing on the power of letting our voices be heard. Enjoy inspirational workshops, a resource fair, and a powerful keynote speech.


We are honored to have Sandy Williams as our Keynote Speaker this year. Williams is an accomplished, well known activist, and creator of The Black Lens News. She will facilitate a powerful discussion focused on Hearing the Untold Stories.


Following Sandy’s keynote there will be interactive and empowering workshops for participants to enjoy. In addition, there will be a tabling event to give attendees a chance to obtain resources in our community and to network with organizations.

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Workshops include:

  • Women’s Story Circle Workshop: Finding Your Story and Making it Count, by Wendy Levy, Executive Director of The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture
  • Recognizing and Resisting Discrimination, by Kate Burke, City Council Member and Bethany Montgomery, Chair of Power 2 the Poetry
  • Breathe – Move – Mend: Your body speaks volumes!, by Ann Jackson, local Nia Instructor
  • Empowering Women and Youth Through Media, by Ingrid Sub Cuc with The Cultural Survival Project

Attendees will end the day with a guided meditation by Sravasti Abbey Buddhist nuns titled “Bringing Perspective to our Story-The Kindness of Others”.


This event is free, kid friendly, and open to the public. Registration is not required, though appreciated for planning success. Access accommodations can be scheduled with at least 10 business day notice prior to the event. If accommodations are needed, please call 509.789.9290

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Community Coming Together

Each year, through collective action and shared ownership, IWD Spokane is planned by a committee comprised of multiple members of various organizations, universities, and businesses throughout Spokane and surrounding areas.

This year’s committee includes representatives from YWCA Spokane, Eastern Washington University Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Spokane Woman’s Club, Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, Lutheran Community Services Northwest, Whitworth University Dornsife Center for Community Engagement, Spokane Community College ACT Program, Amigas De Corazon, Spokane City Council, The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture, as well as many individuals.


SPONSORSHIP/VOLUNTEERING: Both corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities are available until March 3rd, as are additional opportunities for participation. For more information, please contact Nicole Nimens at 509-789-9290 or email

TABLING OPPORTUNITY: Community organizations who align with the event’s mission to further gender parity, are welcome to contact Nicole at 509-789-9290 or at to find out more about tabling opportunities.

Thank You To Our Event Sponsors

Current sponsorship includes, but is not limited to: YWCA Spokane, Eastern Washington University Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Gonzaga University Women’s and Gender Studies Department, Save The Children Action Network (SCAN), and Whitworth University Dornsife Center for Community Engagement.

Learn more about the national efforts.

A Recipe for a Healthy “We” 2019 @ NorthTown Mall
Oct 26 @ 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

A Recipe for a Healthy “We!”

Join us this October for our 4th End the Silence Campaign by stopping by Sweet Frosting’s Blissful Bakeshop to learn about how to live out a healthy relationship! This event will allow you to meet with local DV Officers and advocates, who know not simply what intimate partner violence looks like, but also the practices of healthy relationships. Come by and learn about relationships with the Spokane community!


  • Please join us on October 26th from 12:00 pm-3:30 pm
  • Thank you to NorthTown Mall 4750 N Division St, Spokane, WA 99207 for hosting the event.
  • End The Silence cookies will also be available for purchase with part of the proceeds going towards our mission to raise awareness about domestic violence.
  • Focus is on healthy relationships and building a recipe for what a healthy relationship looks like to each individual. This is a family event and we encourage all to attend.

End the Silence Campaign

This family friendly event is part of our 4th annual End The Silence Campaign. A growing number of individuals, institutions, organizations, and businesses are pledging to End The Silence by engaging in a full month of events and activities designed to promote healthy relationships, end victim blaming, and let victims and survivors know they are not alone.

Throughout October, YWCA Spokane will encourage our community to speak up, speak out, and visually show support against the devastating silence that surrounds intimate partner violence. Dually tied to this goal of supporting survivors is preventing the phenomenon altogether. This month, we encourage parents to have real conversations with their families about the reality of intimate partner violence in order to take away the stigma survivors carry, along with teaching children about healthy relationship practices. Community members and local businesses are asked identify themselves as allies for domestic violence victims through a series of easy ways they can join this movement and make a difference this October. Learn how you can help end the silence.