Throughout the week, the YWCA will focus on raising awareness, promoting attitude change, and enabling individuals and organizations to begin positive actions toward ending violence in their communities, the group stated.
In addition, the Rochester YWCA will hold its annual “Empowering Women Luncheon” and fundraiser on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 12 to 2:30 p.m., at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
The event will feature domestic violence survivor and victims’ rights advocate Beverly Gooden as keynote speaker.
According to officials, the organization will use profits from the luncheon to provide housing and support services to over 1,000 women and families in the future.
In addition, the funds will also provide shelter and support to more than 300 homeless women and children in emergency housing, for a total of 5,900 nights of shelter throughout the year, the group said.
The YWCA will also direct donations to its Young Adult Services programs.
Each year, during the third week of October, YWCAs from all over the world, both nationally and locally, encourage a “Week without Violence,” including a week-long series of events designed to promote diverse approaches for combating domestic violence.
The organization said it has created the observance to encourage communities to begin to move toward a world without violence.
Visit http://www.worldywca.org/week-without-violence-2016-toolkit/ for additional information regarding the observance, and http://www.ywcarochester.org/site/c.4nIDIROnG4IOE/b.8102435/k.E111/2016_Empowering_Women_Luncheon.htm for additional information regarding the luncheon.