March is Women’s History Month.
March is dedicated as Women’s History Month. Each year we take this opportunity to reflect on how women have shaped history. It is also a time to recognize the accomplishments of women, as well as the challenges they faced, and to draw strength and inspiration from the remarkable women who came before us.
A century has now went by since the 19th Amendment was passed, giving women the right to vote. Since most 2020 women’s suffrage centennial celebrations were curtailed by the pandemic, the National Women’s History Alliance is extending the annual theme to 2021. The theme, “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced”, captures the spirit of these challenging times.
Women have experienced challenges for generations, having historically suffered many injustices. Basic rights such as the right to vote, the right to an education, and the right to earn equal pay are all possible because of many notable women and their perseverance in fighting for gender equality. Their work ensured that future generations of women would not experience the same injustices they were born with. Sometimes, gender inequality can lead to unhealthy and imbalanced relationships at home, in the workplace, and in many other areas in life. It is also known that domestic violence and violence against women are many times rooted in the unequal power relationships between men and women in society.
Many advances have been made to promote equity and equality for women. Great strides have also been made to increase the overall awareness of domestic violence and violence against women, as well as increase the availability of services for survivors. Despite this, studies still show that one in four women will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime. It is important that friends, family, faith communities, employers, neighbors, and everyone throughout the community supports survivors, spreads awareness, and models positive behavior at home and in everyday life.
International Women's Day, occurring on March 8, 2021, is a global celebration of the economic, political, and social achievements of women. Many countries around the world celebrate the holiday with demonstrations, educational initiatives, and customs.
If you would like to honor a woman who has made an impact on your life this March, consider making a tribute gift in her honor to Someplace Safe. Someplace Safe will send your honoree a personalized card letting them know of your thoughtful contribution.
Make sure to select “make your gift a tribute” during your transaction in order to note the name and contact information of the honoree.
You may make your gift online at: https://www.someplacesafe.info/donate.html
COVID-19 did not get in the way of the recent Purple Power Raffle Fundraiser in Breckenridge! We had an incredible turn out on February 18th at the Wilkin Drink & Eatery and on Facebook Live for the Raffle Drawing! We have an amazing community! 2020 proved to be a very busy year for the Wilkin Advocacy Office. The client load nearly doubled from the previous year. I continue to work on fostering and building relationships with criminal justice partners and within the community. As we navigate the changes that the pandemic has brought us, I continue to serve the victims of Wilkin County in much the same way, while trying my best to keep victims safe from possible exposure to the virus. I look forward to working with our local schools to make sure students are well aware of the services Someplace Safe provides.
Someplace Safe, Wilkin Crime Victim Advocate
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