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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.
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.
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
On March 2nd, we visited San Francisco State University’s Beta Phi Sorority to talk about how friends and family of survivors can navigate disclosures of abuse. We opened the discussion by engaging the group an activity that highlighted the importance and value of community support for survivors of domestic violence. This activity set the tone for the rest of the presentation and provided a visual for participants to 1) see the role that isolation plays in abusive relationships and 2)how crucial a support system is for a survivor. From there, we established the definition of DV with the group and identified some dynamics present in an abusive relationship. With that foundational knowledge, the group explored how to recognize and describe some warning signs that a friend or family member might be experiencing or might be at risk for abuse. The rest of the presentation brought forth some skills participants could use to care for and safety plan not just for the survivors they are supporting, but for themselves as well.
The Beta Phi Sorority members exchanged insightful and engaging dialogue with us about how someone’s cultural values and beliefs might impact the way a survivor handles domestic violence as well as addressing some barriers folks might have reaching out for help. We closed the discussion with highlighting the importance of seeing survivors as whole people with intersecting identities and experiences. When supporting DV survivors, it’s important to know that they are not defined by their crisis and that their experience with domestic violence is a small piece of a larger story.
Many thanks to the Beta Phi Sorority sisters for inviting W.O.M.A.N., Inc. to their “Breaking the Silence” event and for sharing their thoughtful perspectives!
~Stephanie, Latinx Program Co-Manager & Shaena, Program Assistant
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
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.
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.“
Please join us in welcoming Stephanie Colorado to the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. team in her new role as Latinx Program Co-Manager! Stephanie has been connected with us for quite some time now, and we are so excited to have her back as a core member of our team. Keep reading to learn more about her experience with us and the larger anti-violence movement:
Stephanie started out as a volunteer with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in the summer of 2012 and has worked with survivors of domestic violence ever since. She also is a Sexual Assault Counselor at San Francisco Women Against Rape, where she worked as a Survivor Advocate supporting survivors of sexual violence. She is now working as the Latina Program Co-Manager offering in-depth case management to Spanish-speaking survivors.
Stephanie comenzó como voluntaria con W.O.M.A.N., Inc. en el verano de 2012 y ha trabajado con sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica desde entonces. También es Consejera de Asalto Sexual con Mujeres Contra la Violación Sexual de San Francisco, donde trabajó con sobrevivientes de violencia sexual. Ahora trabaja como Co-Directora del Programa Latina ofreciendo manejo de casos a profundidad para sobrevivientes.
Hi all! In recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, we’re organizing a small project to show our support to teen survivors and those who are beginning to experience the dating scene.
The theme that we’ll be centering around is going to be “You deserve ________.” What messages do you have for the young people in your life about healthy relationships? Or maybe even, what would you have wanted to tell your teenage self if you could? If you’d like to participate in our awareness campaign, take a photo of yourself (or perhaps even get a group together!) with a sign completing the statement, “You deserve _______.”
You can send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it on your own social media sites & tag W.O.M.A.N., Inc./use the hashtag: #youdeserve!
Will be posting these picture on our social media platforms throughout February! Thanks in advance for your participation.