Meet the residents of the YWCA of Brooklyn. In participation with the worldwide #16DAYS of Activism against Gender Based Violence campaign, the residents have volunteered to make their voices heard. Residents showed up to be photographed and offered a quote or comment that resonated with them individually to be included in the campaign.
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign that came about at the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. The campaign begins on November 25 – the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, and runs through December 10 – Human Rights Day. The United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women is another way to participate during the 16 days and can be followed by searching the hashtag #orangetheworld.
The YWCA is a beacon of hope and a lifeline for low-income and homeless women, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and seniors. The YWCA housing and community programs support women as they rebuild their lives, heal from past traumas, and look forward to a brighter future. With nearly 300 units, the organization is the largest provider of affordable housing in downtown Brooklyn.
To see the rest of the photos from the campaign, please check out the YWCA of Brooklyn on Facebook.
Last year the Young Women’s Advisory Council to the YWCA of Brooklyn, a group of young professionals that support the organization’s mission, took charge of the campaign by posting their own photos along with their response to GBV.