For more than 20 years, YWCA USA has set aside one week in October for Week Without Violence, part of a global movement to end violence against women and girls with the World YWCA. This year, Week Without Violence will take place from October 16 – 20 with a focus on ending gender-based violence. Gender-based violence recognizes a spectrum of violence, including but not limited to, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and harassment.
YWCA Bethlehem will host a series of events to raise awareness about gender-based violence and to encourage personal action to help end gender-based violence in the Lehigh Valley. All events are free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted with gratitude. Online registration can be found by clicking here.
Monday, October 16th: Domestic Violence 101 Workshop
Presented by Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St.
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 17th: UnSlut Screening and Discussion at Moravian
Presented by Moravian College’s Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program and AAUW Chapter
Location: Moravian College, Hurd Academic Complex, Room 102 (“Main” Campus) 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 18th: Human Trafficking in the Lehigh Valley
Presented by VAST (Valley Against Sex Trafficking)
Location: YWCA Bethlehem, 3893 Adler Place, Bldg B (off of Highland Avenue)
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m
Thursday, October 19th: UnSlut Screening and Discussion at Lehigh
Presented by Lehigh University’s Gender Violence Education Support, Center for Gender Equity and the Women, Gender and Sexuality Program
Location: Maginnes Hall, Building #9, Room 101
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday, October 20th: Social Media & Personal Action Day
The community can visit YWCA Bethlehem on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter for action steps to end gender-based violence. Post pictures from this week’s events, repost YWCA Bethlehem content or share your personal views on policies that impact the safety of women and girls.
Online registration can be found by clicking here.