Dismantling & Rebuilding: Celebrating Jill Zawisza’s 20 Years of Leadership

The W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Board of Directors warmly invites you to Dismantling & Rebuilding: An Evening for Stronger, Safer Communities. We’re celebrating our Executive Director Jill Zawisza’s 20 years of leadership in the domestic violence field and her 10th anniversary with W.O.M.A.N., Inc.galeria1

When: Friday, April 28th | 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: Galería de la Raza | 2857 24th Street, SF

Dismantling & Rebuilding is about anti-oppression, intersectional feminism, collaboration across difference, and holding collective power. Inspired by Audre Lorde’s observation that “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house,” the event promotes stronger, safer communities rooted in intersectionality and inclusion.

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Jill has worked as an advocate and leader in the domestic violence field for 20 years. She has dedicated 10 years to W.O.M.A.N., Inc., including five years as our Executive Director. Jill leads by building strong teams and putting people first. She’s created a powerful, resilient W.O.M.A.N., Inc. community that models our vision for the stronger, safer communities we strive to build for all survivors of domestic violence.

Join us for art, music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction in an intimate gallery space. Meet our Board, our volunteers, and our incredible staff of seven who provide crisis line, therapeutic, and other supports to survivors of domestic violence in the Bay Area and beyond.

  • Get your tickets on Eventbrite here.
  • RSVP on Facebook & invite your friends here.
  • Can’t make it to the event, but still want to support? Donate in lieu of attending at www.womaninc.org/donate

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Donor Spotlight: Selena Standberg & Hired Team

1) What is your name & what do you do? 

Selena Strandberg

I work at Hired, an online marketplace for finding a job. I have been at the company for several years and previously managed our category expansion. On a personal note, I’m passionate about gender issues and believe ardently in gender equality.


2) How did you first learn about W.O.M.A.N., Inc.? Woman_2

My friend and coworker, Amanda Maxedon, organized a group of women at Hired to coordinate follow-up actions after the Women’s March in January. I was looking for a volunteer opportunity for this group to support on International Women’s Day and I knew that I wanted to help victims of domestic violence. After doing some research, I found W.O.M.A.N. Inc. I loved the work and the mission of the organization and knew this was a cause I wanted to support.
3) Please tell us about your fundraising efforts for W.O.M.A.N., Inc.

We had SO MUCH FUN fundraising for W.O.M.A.N. Inc.! We “guest-bartended” at Jackalope on International Women’s Day (the same day as the Women’s strike). None of us had ever hosted an event like this before (or poured cocktails behind a bar 😉 ), but we were able to pull in quite the crowd of friends and coworkers. The bar was packed all night and we were able to raise over $1300 in tips to support W.O.M.A.N. Inc.

Jackalope was a great venue for the event. The staff were awesome to work with, and might I add, very patient with us as we botched many drink orders! We had four ladies from our company volunteer to bartend, in addition to myself and Amanda: Megan Kelley, Colleen Sullivan, Jamie Gray, and Vanessa Van Schyndel.
Woman_14) What inspired you to support W.O.M.A.N., Inc’s anti-violence efforts? 

I think gender violence is one of the most under-discussed issues facing our community. We like to pretend that gender violence is an issue only under-developed nations have to contend with, when in reality, gender violence pervades all socio-economic classes in all countries, including ours.

This past summer, I was chased home by someone threatening me with a knife just four blocks from my apartment in the Lower Haight. I got very lucky and was able to hide in a convenience store, which happened to still be open. When I followed up on the crime, the police dispatcher informed me that women being chased or followed is the most commonly reported crime in San Francisco. This really struck me. My story is not unique – women constantly feel threatened in their daily lives. I’ve been looking for ways to support victims of gender violence since this moment and was really excited to find this opportunity with W.O.M.A.N. Inc.

5) What is the impact you hope for your support to have on the community?

First and foremost, I hope the money we raised can support victims. I’m a huge proponent of mental health awareness and therapy. If the money we raised will enable emotional and psychological support through therapy for even one DV victim, I will consider this event a success.

Secondly, I truly hope we were able to raise awareness for the cause. I think it’s really easy, specifically for tech workers in San Francisco, to assume women and men have reached equality (with only a few problems left to solve, like adding more female CEOs!). In reality, we are VERY far from gender equality if a large portion of the population regularly fears for their own safety. This spectrum has a wide range: from women who carry mace while running standard errands in the city, to victims of domestic abuse and rape.

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Thanks Selena & team for supporting W.O.M.A.N., Inc.! Collectively, all those donations amounted to $1,364 — enough to provide us 75 hours of crisis line counseling on our 24 hour support line and 40 hours of DV training for 3 volunteers. We appreciate you!

Couldn’t make it to this event? Or loved this event so much you want to attend another?

The folks at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. are hosting our own guest bartending event this Thursday, March 23rd. RSVP here!

Grab a Drink With us! W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is Guest Bartending at Tonic Bar SF

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Drink for a cause! Meet our crew for some drinks and mingling at our guest bartending fundraiser. This is a great opportunity to 1) get connected with some fierce folks working to end domestic violence in our communities and 2) raise some critical funds for survivors their friends, and family.

When: Thursday, March 23rd | 6pm-9pm
Where: Tonic SF (2360 Polk Street, San Francisco)
Join us & invite your friends!

100% OF THE TIPS MADE BETWEEN 6PM – 9PM WILL BE DONATED TO W.O.M.A.N., INC

Entry is free! 

Some faces making an appearance behind the bar:
Mary Kate Bacalao, WINC Board President
Christina Bulman, Support Line Volunteer
Loren Crippen, WINC Volunteer
Jaymie Frazier, Outreach Boo
April Hall, Support Line Volunteer
Kathy Jeffery, WINC Board Member
Lauren McCaffrey, Support Line Volunteer
Genevieve Miranda, Support Line Volunteer
Shaena Spoor, Program Assistant
Sabrina W., Support Line Volunteer
Samantha Wong, Support Line Volunteer

RSVP on our Facebook event here 

 

 

Outreach Boos at Lowell High School’s Love Fest

On February 17th, the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Outreach team tabled at Lowell High School Wellness Center’s Love Fest.  Outreach Boos, Alicia Padillapaz and Shaena Spoor, were joined by folks from Hip Hop to Health , Planned Parenthood, LYRIC, JUMA, YAWAV, SFWAR, Huckleberry Youth Clinic and Hand to Hand Kajukenbo and Self Defense Center. Each organization brought their unique expertise to support and educate students on a variety of topics including reproductive health,  self defense and creating a culture of safety, consent and sex positivity.

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Left: W.O.M.A.N, Inc. Table; Right: Jaymie Frazier, Outreach Boo & School Counselor, participating in our Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Activity

At the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. table, Alicia and Shaena engaged students with activities focused around healthy relationships. They provided two fill in the blank activities to choose from: Dating Bill  of Rights and #YouDeserve. When thinking about relationships, the primary focus is often on the “we/us” — it’s easy for folks to overlook individual wants and needs. While the “we” factor is important, seeing oneself as a whole, unique individual within the partnership is so crucial. The Dating Bill of Rights prompts participants to reflect on what their needs and “rights” are in a relationship. Students picked one thing they would include on their “Dating Bill of Rights” by completing the statement “I have the right to_________.”

“I have the right to have control over my body.

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2016 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Open House

On Wednesday, November 2nd we hosted a W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Open House at our new

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Dia de los Muertos Altar created & donated by Las Pioneras

SoMa location. With the help of staff, board members, volunteers and donors, our event was an awesome success! 65 community members came to support the event while participating in our organization tour, raffle, silent auction and wine tasting. There was also a gorgeous Dia de los Muertos altar created by Las Pioneras, our Echando Pa’lante members/DV advocates. During the Open House attendees got to learn more about our work, meet the staff, board and volunteers and listen to powerful stories from Las Pioneras about their personal journeys and experience with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. We had an amazing time and thank the community so much for their wonderful support. The gathering was a great reminder of the community we continue to build in our efforts to end domestic violence.

 

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An additional special thanks to our Open House Work group made up of W.O.M.A.N., Inc. board members and staff. And to Christina Bulman, Stephanie Colorado, Dayvon Dunaway, Annie Fisher, Jaymie Frazier,  Argelia Gomez, Lauren McCaffrey, Ignacia Perez,  Juliette-Marie Somerset and  Alice Yom for volunteering during the event!

 

Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page!

SAVE THE DATE: 11.02.16 -W.O.M.A.N., Inc. OPEN HOUSE

open-house-flyerPlease join us for an Open House on November 2nd, 2016 from 4-8 pm to celebrate the opening of the new W.O.M.A.N., Inc. space in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood.

There will be a wine tasting, silent auction of original art pieces and other unique lots, snacks and refreshments and a chance to meet our office staff, board members and volunteers. We hope to see you there and thank you for your efforts to help those impacted by domestic abuse and to build stronger, safer communities.

What: W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Open House
Where: 26 Boardman Place, San Francisco
When: November 2nd, 2016 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Please RSVP on our Eventbrite so we can get a sense of how many of you we can expect! (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/woman-inc-open-house-tickets-28409641001)
There is NO COST to attend, but we would greatly appreciate donations to help cover the costs of the event. Interested in supporting our Open House? We’ve got a hardworking bunch putting this event together! Please consider making a donation to help us provide our awesome community members with eats & activities: https://www.crowdrise.com/womenorganizedtomakeabusenonexistent-purplepurse2016/fundraiser/teamwomaninc

Invite your friends on Facebook!

How to Participate in Domestic Violence Awareness Month This October

  1. Knowledge is power! Educate yourself about healthy and unhealthy relationships.ch1-graph2Learn about the additional barriers people from different communities face when experiencing domestic violence. Challenge traditional ideas of domestic violence & squash misconceptions. Read about how different patterns of violence intersect with one another. Spread that knowledge around!
  2. Wear purple, the domestic violence awareness color. Show your support by adding some purple to your ensembles this October.
  3. Donate!
    • If you’re interested in supporting W.O.M.A.N., Inc.:
      1. Allstate’s Purple Purse Challenge! We are excited to be selected to  participate in this annual event, a nation-wide fundraiser to raise awareness of financial abuse & to promote economic empowerment. We have a chance to win $100,000 and would love to garner your support in our cause. Click here to find out how you can get involved.
      2. Contribute to our Pet Fund! Anyone who donates $25+ to the Pet Fund will receive a 2017 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Pet Calendar
  • We are amongst a plethora of bay area anti-violence agencies. Find one you support, and contribute to the cause. Any little bit helps.

4.  Attend an event near you! Domestic violence agencies from all around the country will be hosting events to honor DV awareness month. Participating in one is an easy way to be apart of the movement.

5. Contact a local domestic violence agency to learn more about domestic violence and what you can do to help.

  • Interested in getting involved? Check out our volunteer opportunities!
  • Engage. Educate. Empower! W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is offering a free workshop on how to support survivors of domestic violence. supporting-survivors-ces

6. Talk about it! Don’t be afraid to initiate conversations about domestic violence awareness. With that said, part of being a good ally is to do your best to exercise non-judgmental love and support. If someone opens up to you about their experience with abuse, actively listen and believe the survivor when they are brave enough to speak their truth. Here are some tips on disclosure to keep in mind when dealing with those experiencing domestic violence:

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7. Take action on social media! The internet is FULL of stuff to get involved with. Share with your networks why you’re standing up against DV this month, start/participate in awareness campaigns (Examples: SurvivedAndPunished, NoMore, CPEDV Calendar, #SeeDV). So many ways to show your support just from your computer at home.

Remember, domestic violence is a community issue. You can have a role in ending domestic violence. Learn more about ways you can help:

 

If you feel you or someone you know may be experiencing abuse, please feel free to give our support line a call at (415)864-4722. We are here for you 24/7.

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