Founded in 1974, the Women’s Center was established to:
Dismantle, from a feminist perspective, all forms of oppression, including but not limited to those based on ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Advocate for an equitable environment free from violence and harassment based on gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Create an anti-racist, non-sexist, queer-affirmative space where all people can feel valued and safe.
Facilitate and strengthen connections among people across lines of difference through programming and educational campaigns.
Integrate an appreciation of Women's Gender and Multicultural Studies across the disciplines.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
What's Going On At The Women's Center!
Quick blog about what we are doing, why we are so busy, and a context for what themes you may see in our blog this week! Come check us out at Ramapo College of New Jersey!
This week is Violence Awareness Week! There is a whole lot going on in and around the Women's Center that we would love to see you take part in. Today, the YWCA of Bergen County Rape Crisis Center is here displaying the Clothesline Project. The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a collection of shirts with statements about sexual assault and domestic violence hand made by survivors. It will be displayed outside by the arch from now until 4 pm (weather permitting.)
Also, at 1 p.m. by the arch we will be sponsoring our annual Walk a Mile in her Shoes. Walk a Mile is a really fun event where men on campus literally walk in women's shoes to promote awareness about violence against women. We always need more men to participate, and more people to cheer them on as they walk!
Tomorrow, Wednesday, there will be a screening of NO! The Rape Documentary at 7 pm in B224. NO! is a powerful movie about breaking the silence surrounding sexual assault, particularly in the community of women of color. Check out the web site for the film here http://notherapedocumentary.org/
Finally, Thursday is our annual Take Back the Night speak out and rally. Take Back the Night presents an opportunity for those who feel comfortable speaking out their experiences with sexual assault and domestic violence to do so publicly in a safe space. After hearing the stories of survivors within our own community, we gather in solidarity for a march around campus to literally take back the night and make our campus a safe space free of violence. This event is very powerful, but can also be triggering for some, so staff from the YWCA of Bergen County Rape Crisis Center will be available for anyone who needs to talk.
In addition to the Violence Awareness Week Programming, there are other opportunities for you to do some volunteering!
*Regina Spektor will be performing LIVE, Friday Oct. 2nd in the Bradley Arena. Contact Kat McGee (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information and volunteer availability.
*I Now Pronounce You Equal Citizens will take place Saturday October 3rd at 12:00 pm at The Arch. This event is a large scale symbolic wedding that is intended to be a peaceful demonstration of the basic rights that are taken away from queer people. Anyone who is interested in helping out at the event should contact Zaneta Rago at email@example.com.
* Queer History Month Opening Speaker - Monica Dillon will be performing October 5th at 1 pm in Friends Hall. Monica Dillon will perform her socially conscious music that has been featured in films such as NO! The Rape Documentary. She will also discuss her experiences as a queer woman of color in a racist and homophobic society.
Thanks and we hope to see you here!