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Week Without Violence

The Week Without Violence, a YWCA USA signature initiative, mobilizes communities around a shared vision of peace, respect, and safety. Since it's 1995 launch, Week Without Violence has grown from a grassroots movement to a global initiative with events in fifty states and twenty countries. Each October, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh joins this global campaign by sponsoring local events that provide a forum for education, support, and solution-oriented dialogue.

We all want to live in communities where our children and families are safe and secure. Unfortunately, violence is sometimes a reality, and its effects disproportionately impact individuals marginalized by their gender, race, socio-economic status, and sexual orientation. This year, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s Week Without Violence will bring attention to violence affecting women and girls, the LGBTQ community, people of color, and our youth.



Day of Remembrance - Show your support for individuals whose lives have been lost to the daily reality of violence. Share a story, a memory or simply the name of a victim of violence using the hashtag #YWremembers. Let them know we haven’t forgotten. 

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Law Enforcement Safety Fair - Mingle with members of Pittsburgh’s police, SWAT team, bomb squad and K9 officers. Learn more about safety and violence prevention, explore emergency equipment,  and interact with our local and state law enforcement. Share this event.

Purple Nail Project -  "Proclaim in Purple" paint one fingernail purple as a pledge (and conversation piece) to help end domestic violence and violence against women. We'll provide the hand sanitizer and polish!

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Domestic Violence Kit Stuffing -  YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, City Theatre, Covestro,
Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Omni William Penn Hotel, and Starbucks are teaming up to raise awareness around domestic violence prevention – by creating emergency kits for area domestic violence shelters and women’s programs. (closed event) 

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Partner Violence Awareness Workshop/Breakfast - Join STANDING FIRM Director Patricia Cluss, Ph.D., for breakfast and an interactive discussion based on partner violence and the workplace.
Register here and share this event. 

Just Films ScreeningSouthwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four excavates the nightmarish persecution of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez. The film begins its journey inside a Texas prison after these women have spent nearly a decade behind more

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You Belong to Me - YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, CCAC Allegheny Campus, and Prime Stage Theatre collaborate to present a performance for local high school students. Discover the warning signs of dating violence and engage in dialogue about violence prevention. (closed event)

Purple Nail Project - "Proclaim in Purple" and paint one fingernail purple as a pledge (and conversation piece) to help end domestic violence and violence against women. We'll provide the hand sanitizer and polish!

Friday, October 20, 2017 

Gwen's Girls Awards Dinner & Equity Summit - Join in celebrating those who advocate for women and girls in the community....learn more

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YW Resolute

In this time of change, YWCA remains resolute and focused on our mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Enlist in our vision. 
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