July 30 was World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. On this day we seek to raise awareness about the issue of trafficked persons being a worldwide crisis, encourage support for the prevention of human trafficking, and take action to protect victims of trafficking.
Silencing the voices of black, Native American, Asian American & Pacific Islander, and Latinx women is so common that it’s an American societal habit that nearly everyone is conditioned to participate in both consciously and unconsciously. In part one of this two-part series, we unpack some historical frameworks that have contributed to the loss of voice for women of color and how those frameworks still inform and shape the experience of women of color.
In partnership with WorldSkills International and the United Nations, July 15 was declared World Youth Skills Day. This day is celebrated to bring awareness to the essentiality of vocational education. YWCA would like to do its part by highlighting our GirlsFirst Program. Read more in this Q and A about our economic advancement program to empower girls of color.
Ever met someone who just has "feel good vibes?" Those are vibes community activist and storyteller Sharon Nyree Williams exudes. Like soul food, she fills you up with goodness, enriched in history, activism, and social justice. She is as captivating as her stories, as real as the issues facing black communities and as rich in essence as the stories she tells. I asked Sharon some questions about her work, having a dream, where her passions lie, and the responsibility that comes with storytelling.