Across the world, 1 in 3 women will be beaten or raped during her life. That is equal to over one billion women and girls. Starting February 14th through March 8th, the One Billion Rising campaigns take place in hundreds of countries across the world and within local communities to raise awareness.
Women for Change will be “rising” to shed light on these issues in Commons and GSU starting on Thursday, February 11th in GSU at 12:15 PM. As part of the campaign, we will be displaying a board with the One Billion Rising V-Day logo. We”ll have students help fill-in the logo with thumbprints to symbolize taking a stand against violence against women. The thumbprints represent the old “Rule of Thumb” tale. It was once lawful for a man to beat his wife as long as he used a stick no thicker than his thumb. We hope students passing my will leave their print and help to take a stand.
Other tabling days will be:
February 14th 4:30-5:30 pm
February 15th 12:00 pm
Lastly, February 16th 12:15 pm
During these times we will be doing clothing drives for SACS (Sexual Assault Crisis Services). You can drop off men and women’s sweatpants and other clothing items. Also, if you can donate packaged underwear that would be awesome!
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Women For Change: “Riveting Women” Calendar Unveiling 2015
I was part of the seventh annual Women for Change calendar. The theme was “Riveting Women” in honor of the late Mary Doyle Keefe, the model for Rosie the Riveter. She passed away in early 2015 at the age of 92. The image of Rosie the Riveter is iconic. Also, we were lucky enough to have Mary Doyle Keefe’s daughter, Mary Ellen Keefe, in attendence at the unveiling.
For my description in the calendar I wrote that I am, “a senior honors marketing major who works as an intern at Uhart’s study abroad office helping students travel to the country of their dreams”. We were asked to finish the statement, “I am riveting because…”. My picture was accompanied by the following paragraph for the month of November:
My Photo and Quote in the Calendar
Women’s Ultimate Frisbee
Also, I was featured for being a member of the University of Hartford’s Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team with a few of my teammates at one of our tournaments.
Charity: Part of the Proceeds Went Towards Sexual Assault Crisis Services
Women for Change partnered with the YWCA New Britain’s Sexual Assault Crisis Service (SACS) which offers confidential assistance to survivors of sexual assault, a 24-hour crisis hotline, campus advocates, counselor advocate training, support groups, and other services. The Women for Change calendar costed $10, with 10% of all proceeds going to SACS.
At the unveiling there were also boxes to collect clothing donations for SACS. SACS provides clothing for women who go to the hospital following a sexual assault because they are not allowed to leave with the clothes they came into the hospital in.
In the Media:
Overall, I am so proud to have been part of such a great calendar with such wonderful, riveting women for a good cause.