Beginning in 2007, the Women of Color Network (WOCN) began a National grassroots movement to provide the support, sisterhood and resources women of color in the violence against women field needed.  As mentioned in a  previous post, the WOCN hosted various “Call to Action” calls to facilitate dialogue between women of color activists and advocates throughout the nation.   After two years of addressing the unique needs of women of color victims of violence and encouraging allies to support women of color advocates,  participants on these calls expressed their need and desire to have an opportunity to convene a conference for women of color and advocates.  WOCN staff  began to work on making this a reality and, thanks to their hard work and passion, the 1st Women of Color Network Institute and Conference, co-sponsored by the Office for Victims of Crime,  will be taking place on May 10 – 14, 2010 in New Orleans, LA.
The WOCN Institute and Conference will offer 3 separate Institutes on May 11 and 12, 2010.  There will be a Women of Color Institute, Mainstream Women’s Institute and a Men’s Institute occurring concurrently during these two days.  The Institutes will offer an opportunity for participants to meet in-person and address issues women of color face as well as what allies could do to support women of color.  During the remaining two days, May 13 and 14, there will be a conference for everyone to attend. The two-day conference will offer an array of workshop tracks including:  Leadership Building, Culturally Specific Programs, and Economic Empowerment.
To learn more about the WOCN Institute and Conference, you can visit the Women of Color Network’s website here.
You can also donate to the  WOCN  to help support the attendance of women of color to the Institute and Conference by visiting the “Women of Color Network Cause” Facebook page.