A Statewide Day to End Domestic Violence
“It Happens Here”: A Statewide Day to
End Domestic Violence on March 7, 2017
Domestic violence happens here, in Minnesota, to over 1 in 3 women. Survival, healing, support, resilience and solutions to ending domestic violence also happen here, with the commitment of communities across our great state.
Advocates from Someplace Safe and agencies across the state have teamed up with the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women for a statewide day of action, “It Happens Here.” The theme aims to recognize that domestic violence happens in every county, township and city across Minnesota to more than 65,000 people each year. “It Happens Here” also sends the message that solutions to end violence happen locally with the investment of each member of the community.
Someplace Safe will be one of over 80 organizations to participate in “It Happens Here,” a rally occurring simultaneously at noon across the state on March 7, where the names of the victims murdered due to domestic violence in 2016 will be recited.
“In Minnesota, in one month, rape and abuse victims said ‘help me’ eleven thousand times, and victim services were forced to say ‘I want to help you, but I can’t,’” said Liz Richards, executive director of the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women. “Our elected officials have the responsibility to maintain funding for these life-saving services.”
The statewide day of action comes as state and federal legislators begin budget discussions. These discussions include funding for basic services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, exploitation, human trafficking, stalking, elder abuse, and other crimes. The financial support provided by the legislature makes it possible to provide essential safety services such as emergency safe housing, 24-hour crisis hotlines, and sexual assault examinations in communities across the state. Someplace Safe relies on state and federal grants to operate crime victim service programs in local communities.
Below is a listing of local “It Happens Here” events taking across our area at noon on March 7th:
Breckenridge - Wilkin County Courthouse, 300 5th St S, Breckenridge, MN 56520
Elbow Lake - Grant County Courthouse, 10 2nd Ave NE, Elbow Lake, MN
Glenwood - Pope County Courthouse, 130 Minnesota Ave E, Glenwood, MN 56334
Morris - Stevens County Courthouse, 400 Colorado Ave, Morris, MN 56267
Wadena - Cyber Café, 210 Jefferson St S, Wadena, MN 56482
Wheaton - Traverse County Courthouse, 702 2nd Ave N, Wheaton, MN 56296
Please contact Becki Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org or your local Someplace Safe office for more information on “It Happens Here” events occurring in your community.
Celebrating Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day
Each March, Women’s History Month is observed in the United States. Women’s History Month grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1978. A few years later, the idea had caught on within communities, school districts and organizations across the country. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8th as National Women’s History Week. The U.S. Congress followed suit the next year, passing a resolution establishing a national celebration. Six years later, in 1986, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March. To this day, Women’s History Month is celebrated as a time to recognize the dignity and accomplishments of women, the challenges they faced, and to draw strength and inspiration from the remarkable women who came before us. The theme of Women’s History Month 2017 is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business”, which honors women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force. More information on Women’s History Month 2017 may be found at http://www.nwhp.org/womens-history-month/2017-honoree-nominations/. For more information on Women’s History Month visit http://www.nwhp.org/ or http://womenshistorymonth.gov/.
International Women's Day, occurring on March 8th this year, is a global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women. International Women's Day took place for the first time on March 8, 1911. Many countries around the world celebrate the holiday with demonstrations, educational initiatives and customs such as presenting women with gifts and flowers. The United Nations has sponsored International Women's Day since 1975. When adopting its resolution on the observance of International Women's Day, the United Nations General Assembly cited the following reasons: "To recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security." The theme for International Women's Day 2017 is #BeBoldForChange, which calls on the masses, or calls on yourself, to help forge a better working world - a more inclusive, gender equal world. For more information on International Women's Day, visit https://www.internationalwomensday.com/.
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