The Women’s March in Sacramento last year was successful in getting thousands together for one cause. But many people felt lost after the march, and some of Sacramento’s citizens want there to be changes before there’s another march to the Capitol.
On July 17th from 6PM-8PM, the African American Women’s Health Legacy host their monthly mentoring and women’s empowerment workshop. There will also be a huge collection of vendors and an item swap.
The African American Women’s Health Legacy, also known as AAWHL, has been working many years to promote education of health and leadership skills to women of color. In 2009, the University of California San Francisco found that while the population of African American females in Sacramento is only 8% of the total population, 15% of those women have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Many are left untreated and unhelped due to the high cost of medical attention. The AAWHL aims to help, educate, and empower those women.
The goal of the workshop is to promote health while making connections within the community. They also aim to educate the public on self-management, family relationships, physical fitness, and proper diets.
Through AAWHL, women of all ethnicities and color have been meeting and discussing the life of themselves, their children, and their communities. They aim to change the negative connotations of their community, promoting higher education and healthy lifestyle practices for themselves and their families. As a voice of the community, these women welcome you to come and share opinions of your own.
The event is open to all women of color and is located at the Brickhouse Gallery on 2837 34th Street. For more information, please call: Toni Colley-Perry at 916-519-9189
On Friday June 20th, the non-profit organization Girls on the Rise produced their first annual conference to gain additional support for their cause of promoting healthy living in Sacramento.
“Joining girls on the rise was really amazing,” says Marilyn Wong, member of Girls on the Rise. “It’s a really great experience and you meet other people and open up your shell to get outside your comfort zone. I hope that the future girls on the rise can expand our recommendations and also work on them so we can actually see the positive changes in our community.”
Not only are the girls striving to benefit their community, but they are bettering themselves in the process as well.
“My favorite part of planning the conference was spending time with young women of like minds. I believe I grew a lot mentally. I wasn’t able to talk a lot in public but now I’m a lot more comfortable around people,” says Nancy Lor, member of Girls on the Rise.
The youth planned conference was day long and provided attendees with the opportunity to participate in workshops, listen to guest speakers and learn more about the mission of Girls on the Rise. Workshops focused on healthy living with lessons on nutrition from a Ubuntu Green representative and life and fitness tips from La Familia Counseling center. Following the workshops was a presentation explaining what Girls on the Rise really is and their plans to make a difference in the community. Issues the young women hope to address include the lack of nutrition in school lunches and unfair treatment in schools.
“I thought it would be a great opportunity to get involved,” Maddie Felenz, youth mentor. “There are so many resources out there that people aren’t utilizing like supplemental food programs. There is so much funding out there and specifically for the school lunch program and raising awareness to utilize those funds mo0re in relation to the school lunch program and just bring healthier lunches to the kids who need them.”
The girls in this program have taken the reigns and worked diligently throughout the year to put on the conference and have many potential Girls on the Rise and adults inspired by their work.
“It’s amazing seeing these young women stand up and lead this conference for young women put on by young women and in that vein I think it was very successful,” says Wendy Petko, Executive Director of Girls on the Rise. “They presented their plan for the upcoming year and we were able to generate additional interest for additional participants into the program for next year. We are looking forward to year two of the program.”
Sexual assault and domestic violence have sadly become events that happen to people, especially women, too often. There are many organizations that try to serve and support the victims of abuse, but there is one organization that not only is for aiding women, but educating the community in the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Women Escaping a Violent Environment (WEAVE) is a nonprofit organization that serves domestic violence survivors and their families in the Sacramento County. WEAVE is and has been the only rape crisis center in this county and has many other services such as a 24 hour support and information line, lethality assessments, therapeutic counseling services, legal advocacy, youth and community prevention education programs as well as a new and improved emergency Safehouse.
WEAVE has had a very large impact on the Sacramento County area for the past thirty years, and continues to do so every day. 2012 was a very successful year for this organization in more ways than one. WEAVE’s second annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes movement consisted of 450 men dressed in high heels that marched to the State Capital, showing the importance of engaging men in preventing dating violence. This marched raised $230,000 for WEAVE. These funds allowed the organization to complete renovation to their Children’s Services Building at the Safehouse and to complete construction of Next Step Housing Village, a long term housing solution to families graduating from the Safehouse program.
The success of WEAVE won’t stop in 2012, it will continue on for the new 2013 as well. This year is the 35th anniversary of Women Escaping a Violent Environment so there is a lot of excitement for the year to come. April will be a very important month this year since it is Sexual Assault Awareness month and WEAVE’s new focus is on the education of the community.
“WEAVE wants to provide a continuum of crisis intervention and services so that women have a place to feel safe,” says Julie Bornhoeft, Communications director at WEAVE. “A lot of prevention education is in school for teens but now we are looking to educate boys and young men about dating violence. It is important for these boys to understand how to have and retain healthy relationships in their future.”
In April, WEAVE will be having public service announcements and educational programs to teach the community about the laws of consent, and even the specifics of dating violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. This organization wants the community to be educated not only to improve their own safety, but prevent this horrible act from happening to others around you. In May of this year WEAVE will be holding their 3rd Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event.
For more information on WEAVE or to find out how you can get involved, call (916) 448-2321 or visit their website at www.weaveinc.org/.
Do you need something new and exciting for your lunch hour? Well, head down to Plates Cafe at 4 Business Park Way in Sacramento’s
Depot Park for a friendly atmosphere, delicious food and free drink refills! I have been going to Plate’s Cafe every Friday for lunch with my gals and we always have a great time and a delicious meal. The service is great and the ladies are welcoming.