July 14, 2016
Aunties. Most of us have them. They are the women who give some of the same advice as your parents, but in a manner that is much more receptive. As children we see them as interesting and fun, not rigid and strict like concerned parents. But aunties are also concerned. They have no problem speaking their mind, and acting as surrogate mothers if needed. Growing up, I had plenty of aunties, and not just the ones from my large family. A number of inspirational Black women in the world, who I didn’t know directly but greatly impacted me, were given the endearing title which spans beyond bloodlines. They set an example for me as a young girl, and in many ways I aspired to be like them. My list of aunties includes a number of entertainment figures, scholars, groundbreaking women in STEM careers, and writers; but the one we honor today is bell hooks, one of many women featured on NNEDV’s “Feminists&Me” tee.
July 12, 2016
Let’s face the facts. In the domestic and sexual violence movement, women of color are being pushed out or not considered for leadership and management positions in both local, state, and national organizations. There is an invisible ceiling that exists where middle and upper management is not a reality for many women of color. In order to combat the very real perils that women of color face in these organizations, the Women of Color Network, Inc. (WOCN) and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) created the Leadership Education and Advancement of Professionals (LEAP) Fellowship Program. In March, I had the honor and the opportunity of being selected to be a part of this groundbreaking project.
July 7, 2016
Racism exists because we allow it to – and we need to work for change. Now. Institutionalized racism is something we are all exposed to – all the time – and affects us all. Yet, dismantling it presents the same challenges as dismantling patriarchy – there are hundreds of years’ worth of attitudes and practices that need to be addressed and changed. The first step in ending institutionalized racism is naming and rejecting these messages and behaviors.
July 6, 2016
Violence against women comes in many forms and, in this digital age, technology is an ever-evolving tool being misused as a tactic to perpetuate harassment, stalking, and abuse. As we strive to end gender-based violence and inequality, addressing technology safety is critical. This requires:
June 29, 2016
While some may argue that “hashtag activism,” or activism through social media, is not “real” or effective, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) disagrees. Through centering social change in social media, we can dismantle power structures that perpetuate injustices.
June 27, 2016
This morning the Supreme Court held that a reckless domestic assault is a misdemeanor crime of violence, for the purposes of limiting access to firearms, in their opinion for the Voisine v. United States case. The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) celebrates this decision as a victory for victims and survivors.