11/11/2009 - The Commercial Appeal published a Letter to the Editor from MAWC's executive director about domestic violence.
- News story attests to Sonja White's
impact on the Memphis Community
A special obituary article in The Commercial Appeal reported that the Council's president "devoted much of her life to victims of domestic violence as head of the domestic violence unit of Memphis Area Legal Services, immediate past president of the Memphis & Shelby County Domestic Violence Council and president of the board of the Memphis Area Women's Council."
- They walked the mile
to protest gender assault
A martial arts instructor wore his white Tae Kwon Do uniform and bright red high-heeled shoes. His sign proclaimed "Abusers Are Cowards."
"It's the truth," he said as he finished walking one mile around the Broad Avenue Arts District in those women's shoes.
The fourth annual local Walk A Mile In Her Shoes™ event to raise awareness about violence against women drew a spirited and diverse group of marchers — men, women, children. As they walked the one-mile course, they received appreciative honks from cars on Sam Cooper Boulevard and shouts of support from festival-goers at the Broad Avenue Spring Art Walk.
The promotional event raises awareness and funds so that the Memphis Area Women's Council can continue its work fighting domestic violence and gender assault in all its forms.
The walk is organized each year by Memphis Men for Memphis Women, and this year was sponsored by Splash Creative.
Clubb accepts 'Voice of Victims'
local award at park tree-planting
Deborah Clubb and the Memphis Area Women's Council received a "Voice of Victims Award" during a National Crime Victims' Rights Week ceremony held outdoors at T.O. Fuller State Park April 23.
As the local recipient, Clubb also participated in a tree-planting ceremony in the park as an ongoing memorial to those who have lost their lives to violence and crime in Shelby County, Tennessee.
The Tennessee Department of Correction & Board of Parole ceremony took place in a park shelter and on the grounds. Tina Fox, Board of Parole Victim Services director, was mistress of ceremony and comments were made by Mark Luttrell, mayor of Shelby County, Shelby County D.A. Amy Weirich, Charles Traughber, chair of the Board of Parole, and Ronald Hampton, Tennessee Correction Dept. deputy district director.
Clubb expressed her appreciation for the recognition and told the assembly that her work isn't possible without ongoing collaboration with many government and nonprofit organizations.
"To make a real difference in the lives of women and girl victims of violence
— to reduce the hurt and the incidents — we must do iwork together," she said.
Her work, and that of the Council, were praised by Luttrell, Weirich and Traughber.
"Deborah keeps us all mindful that we do our work every day for those who are the victims," Weirich said.
After the speeches, everyone walked to a nearby grassy area where a sapling was ready to be put in the ground. Deborah, Luttrell, Weirich and others picked up spaces and shoveled dirt onto the new tree.
Nearly four dozen trees have been planted throughout Tennessee since the victims ceremony was started several years ago.
Another sign of victims, in the form of two quilts each with 144 images of victims who have died since 2007, hung on the side of the shelter. People in attendance looked at the photos silently. Some took photos.
The images poignantly showed people of all ages who had lost their lives since 2007 to violence.
Spring 2012 - 3rd annual 'Walk a Mile' event
builds awareness, raises funds
The third annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes™ fundraising event was a serious — and at times, hilarious — success for Memphis Area Women's Council this year.
Held for the second year in conjunction with the Broad Avenue Arts District Spring Art Walk, dozens of men and women marched a mile around the Broad business district to express their concerns about violence against women. Some carried signs. Onlookers cheered the walkers.
The event was sponsored by Memphis Men for Memphis Women and raises money for public awareness about domestic violence. Detective Barbara Tolbert of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office acted as this year's walk marshal, getting the participants enthusiastic and then joining them in the walk. Many of the men dared to walk the mile in women's high-heel shoes. That included Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy, and Memphis Police Col. Mike Ryall, the 2011 walk co-chair, who walked the entire distance in uniform and in high-heels!
"We appreciate all those who came out for this event," said "Walk A Mile" co-chair David Wayne Brown. "It's important for men to express their views on the problem of violence against women."
When Commissioner Mulroy (whose son always marched) made it around the mile-long circuit, he talked about how tough it is for women using high-heels and joked that, "I'll never do that again." Then he did a quick push-up.
One participant had his four-year-old son join him at the beginning, but before too many steps were taken on the mile-long trek around the Broad Arts District, the man was carrying his son on his shoulders — now that's support!
New media coverage was good. We got attention in the Memphis Flyer, Live@Nine, The Commercial Appeal's GoMemphis section, and the "I Love Memphis" blog. ABC Channel 13 filmed the entire event, a Commercial Appeal photographer was here as well, and Michael Donahue provided coverage in his Sunday column.
- October 2011 - MAWC member wins statewide advocacy award
- October 2011 - DV rally draws crowd at Children's Museum
A community rally and press conference drew more than 100 participants at this year's event sponsored by the Erase Domestic Crime Collaborative and organized by the Memphis Area Women's Council.
The October 27 event included hard-hitting speeches by members of law enforcement agencies, and intense descriptions by DV survivors about what they experienced and how critical it is to have a dedicated community response to the problem.
Read news story in The Commercial Appeal. Violence begins at home for victims of domestic crimes
Feb. 20, 2011 - MAWC board member writes letter to editor
- Feb. 21, 2011 - Whalum compares school charter surrender to rape
- Tennessee ranks near top in rate of women slain by men
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A new report on crime ranks Tennessee fifth in the nation in the number of women killed by men. It's the same ranking Tennessee received last year.
The study released Tuesday by the Violence Policy Center found of the 59 women killed by men in 2009, almost all were slain by a man they knew. read on
- 2010 - Men walked a mile for women once again
Memphis men stepped out again this year — some in high-heeled shoes of various colors — to raise awareness about domestic violence.
This year’s Walk A Mile In Her Shoes™ event, the second annual walk sponsored by Memphis Men for Memphis Women, was held on Broad Avenue in conjunction with the Broad Avenue Art District’s spring Art Walk April 15. About 75 individuals — men, women, children and one dog! — participated. Another few hundred people watched as the march proceeded around the art district.
Proceeds went to MAWC to help pay for ongoing educatiopn and awareness efforts in the fight to stop violence against women and children.
See coverage of 2010 Walk.
11/05/2009 - Dr. Lynda Sagrestano, Center for Research on Women; women's
rights leader Gloria Steinem; Jennifer Gooch, CROW assistant, and Deborah
Clubb, Memphis Area Women's Council, at the Tennessee Women's Economic
Summit in Nashville Oct. 20.
Deborah Clubb, executive director of the Memphis Area Women's Council,
described Shelby County's Coordinated Community Response to Domestic
Violence (CCRDV) on a panel during the 2009 Tennessee Women's Economic
Summit in Nashville on Oct. 20.
As leader of the CCRDV for Operation: Safe Community, Deborah described
the new domestic violence judge and court that opened on Sept. 1, the steps
taken to organize a Family Safety Center and success in forming the Erase
Domestic Crime Collaborative to foster partnerships creating additional
shelter, victim advocates, prevention outreach and other services to turn
victims into safe survivors.
Domestic violence-related crimes are the only category rising in Shelby
County. Simple and aggravated assaults between family or household members
is up almost 8 percent.
The Women's Council has provided leadership and advocacy around domestic
violence since our founding in 2003. For information on how to become
involved and materials that explain signs of DV and how to response -- go to
Also at the summit, our partner in the Women's Economic Security
Campaign, Shante Avant from the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis,
presented on the education panel about goals of the WESC. Immediate focus
is to engage women's organizations in the discussion about 'green jobs' and
about reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF),
our nation's current public assistance law, so that it will better support
women into true economic self-sufficiency. Get further info at www.wfgm.org