The Current Reality of Women’s Physical Security
Week 7 of the PowHer The Vote “Take Action Hour” focused on Physical Security, and occurred during Week Without Violence, part of a global movement to end violence against women and girls with the World YWCA. This year YWCA focused on ending gender-based violence. Gender-based violence recognizes a spectrum of violence, including but not limited to, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and harassment. At YWCA, we know that not all violence is acknowledged or responded to equally and that some victims go unrecognized altogether. YWCA Brooklyn and other YWCA’s are proud to have been a part of the conversation during the #PowHerTheVote for Physical Security Take Action Hour.
Personal safety plays a major role in economic security, particularly for women. Types of violence including sexual assault, sexual harassment on campus and in the workplace, disproportionately impact both women’s earning and learning. Missed days of work, lateness, poor performance, or dropping out of school all jeopardize one’s education or employment with devastating financial consequences.
Our advocacy work seeks to bring these issues to light and urge our candidates to push for legislation that contributes to a solution for our community. As Election Day approaches, we remind all New Yorkers, especially women, that their voice is more important than ever. It is key to understand the point of view of the candidates on issues important to our livelihood and to make sure they are focused on our issues.
YWCA Brooklyn is a regular contributor to the #PowHerTheVote Take Action Hour lead by PowHerNY, taking place every Thursday from 1-2pm until Election Day. Follow us on Twitter @YWCAbrooklyn and join in the conversation every Thursday by using the hashtag #PowHerTheVote.
More information can be found at www.powherny.org