Events

YWCA of Central Virginia Events

Your YWCA loves to engage our community through signature events!  Learn how you can get involved with eliminating racism and empowering women year round!

Below are ways to get involved.  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates and reminders.

Organization-Wide Events

Sexual Assault Response Program

Activism and awareness for sexual assault prevention began to gain traction in the 1940s and 50s, along with other movements for social change and equality.  These efforts were championed by Black women and women of color.  Advocates like Rosa Parks worked at the intersections of race-based and gender-based violence (a framework that would be dubbed “intersectionality” by advocate and professor Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989.  A complete history of the movement can be read here.
Although traditionally recognized in April, this page is updated regularly with events surrounding this advocacy work.

 

April 2022: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Observed in October and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence Awareness Month revolves around three themes:

  • Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence 
  • Celebrating those who have survived
  • Connecting those who work to end violence

To learn more about the history of month click here.

Events and Opportunities

Racial and Social Justice Program

At YWCA Central Virginia, we demand a world of equity and human decency. We envision a world of opportunity. We commit ourselves to the work of racial justice. We will get up and continue to do the work until injustice is rooted out, until institutions are transformed, until the world sees women, girls, and people of color the way we do: Equal. Powerful. Unstoppable.

To learn more about this program click here.

Events and Opportunities

AMEND Together and AMENDING Through Faith

This program is dedicated to ending violence against women and girls by engaging men and boys to change the culture that a supports violence.  It seeks to:

  • Challenge the culture that supports violence
  • Cultivate healthy masculinity in men and boys
  • Change the future for women and girls

To learn more about this program click here.

Events and Opportunities

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If you need help leaving a domestic violence situation please call us 24/7 at 1-888-528-1041.  If you need help with a sexual assault/violence situation please call us 24/7 at 1-888-947-7273.