The musicians of Grammy-award winning band Bon Iver chose the Women’s Council as local partner in their 2 A BILLION campaign during their sold-out performance in the Orpheum on April 1, 2019.
2 A Billion is a domestic violence prevention and gender equity initiative that has reached over 10 million individuals and raised over $300,000 for nonprofits across the U.S. and Europe.
In Memphis, the band auctioned two signed merchandise packages online, shared proceeds from sales of their 2AB-specific tees and from the stage urged fans to support the Council’s work to end gender violence and empower women’s voices. In the lobby before and during the concert, Women’s Council volunteers shared Memphis Says NO MORE materials and information on local efforts to end domestic violence and rape and to help survivors.
Together we will raise our voices to end gender inequality, domestic violence, and sexual abuse toward women. Learn more about 2 A Billion here: https://2abillion.org/
The ninth Memphis Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is set for Wednesday, Sept. 25, stepping off again from the Ramesses Statue on Central Avenue at the University of Memphis. The event begins at 5:30, rally at 6 p.m. and the Walk steps off at 6:15 p.m.
Once again, the route will be west on Central to Highland, north to Poplar, east to DeLoach and back to the statue plaza. Women’s shoes and signs are provided, or men can bring their own shoes. Last year 250 attended the rally and Walk which encourages men and boys to walk in support of ending rape and domestic violence.
The Women’s Council works hardest on the epidemic of domestic violence that occurs between intimate partners because it is a high proportion of local violence crime and disproportionately burdens women.
But domestic violence also labels other family violence and elder abuse -equally horrible terrors faced by people across our community.
On Sept. 28, the Shelby County Crime Victims & Rape Crisis Center will join with the Memphis & Shelby County Domestic and Sexual Violence Council and First Baptist Church-Broad to host a one-day conference on domestic violence.
Titled “Wake Up Our Community, Take Action and Make a Difference,” the one-day conference aims to educate about the wide range of types of domestic violence and how we can address them.
A panel of leaders in the field will include MAWC executive director Deborah Clubb. Break-out topics include Understanding Orders of Protection, Hate Crimes, Grief and Relationships, DV and Homelessness, Men and Violence and Family Violence. Click here for more information.