Women of Wesleyan
Works to create a safe space to raise awareness and discuss women's issues that are affecting our campus and our world. Issues include women's health, gender discrimination, domestic violence, and sexual assault/harassment.
Events organized by the team include:
- RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) Projects
- Clothing Drives
- Attending Women's Issues Conferences
Women of Wesleyan Collect Donations for Women in Need
The WE LEAD Women of Wesleyan team collected six garbage bags full of clothes, twelve pairs of shoes, $250 dollars in undergarments, and hygiene products including shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, and soap. All of the collected items were donated by students, faculty, and staff in various locations across campus. The Women of Wesleyan donated all of the collected items to the Beckley Women's Resource Center. The Beckley center provides these items for its own center and branch centers in Fayetteville and Summersville, WV.
Women of Wesleyan Raises Awareness of Sexual Assault and Violence through RAINN Projects
On September 21-22, the WE LEAD Women of Wesleyan group offered multiple ways for Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff to support the end of violence and assault toward women. RAINN (the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) Day events included selling teal ribbons outside of Aladdin and showing a movie documenting sexual assault toward women at parties. Supporters wore teal ribbons and signed their names to “rainn drops” hung outside the French A. See Dining Center to demonstrate their solidarity with women who have been victims of assault and/or abuse. The Women of Wesleyan team raised over $100 to be given to RAINN to support their programs assisting women and raising awareness around these issues.
In addition to raising over $100 for RAINN, the WE LEAD Women of Wesleyan student leaders showed the movie Speak to an audience of approximately 25 Wesleyan students and faculty on Wednesday, September 21, 2011. The movie portrays the story of a teenager who was raped at a party and the difficulties she has dealing with the situation at school. It was a riveting movie and helped to shed light on the issues around sexual assault for those who attended the screening in the Social Hall.