Sunday, February 8, 2009

Hunter Women's Rights Coalition, an introduction

The Hunter Womens Rights Coalition (HWRC) is an undergraduate student club dedicated to furthering gender equality and reproductive rights, and fighting sexual violence. Our mission is to raise awareness, promote student-lead activism, and empower students on campus. Membership is open to all Hunter College students, faculty, and alumni.

Our achievements include:
• Helping organize the historic Freedom on Our Terms: A New Agenda for Women and Girls 30 Years after the National Women’s Conference, Nov 10-11, 2007, on campus, with Gloria Steinem, Rosie O’Donnell and others
• Marching in Washington, DC for reproductive rights, 2004
• Getting gender-neutral bathrooms on campus, located on the 2nd Floor of the North building.
• Screening & discussion of eating disorders, 2006
• AIDS awareness activities, 2007
• Women in The Torah lecture, November 1, 2007
• Helping with Midnight Run to help the homeless, 2007
• Helping with V-day Fair, February 14, 2008
• Helping with The Vagina Monologues in both 2007 and 2008
• Asking people to fill out the sexual assault survey during International Women’s Day, March, 2008
• Working with SAFER, Students Active for Ending Rape, (various dates and events)
• Moderating panel at the Feminist Majority Foundation's National Young Women's Leadership Conference: What's at Stake in 2008? in Washington, DC, March 8, 2008
• Helping with the Clothesline Project, in both 2007 and 2008
• Introduced Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer during event honoring the release of historic publication, Women’s Rights: Historic Sights: A Manhattan Map of Milestones, March 26, 2008
• Love Your Body Day, October 15, 2008
• National Organization for Women NOW-NYS convention in Seneca Falls, NY, Nov 8-9, 2007
• Sexual assault and sexual health awareness, including:
1. Bringing in the Bystander Program, March 19, 2008
2. Men Can Stop Rape, (working with men to prevent violence against women), April 9, 2008
3. Promoting USG Self defense class, April 16, 2008

UPCOMING EVENTS (Currently on the agenda):
• Many more anti-violence efforts, including

1. helping create the CUNY-wide sexual assault policy, which currently does not exist

2. Helping with V-Day 2009, including:
• World Dance Show, February 13
• V-Day Fair, February 17
• The play, A MEMORY, A MONOLOGUE, A RANT AND A PRAYER, February 20 & 21

3. Helping with Wellness Education Office’s Clothesline Project

• Helping with Women & Gender Studies Program’s International Women’s Day
• Fun Movie Nights
• Vent fests with food: vent about feminist issues in a safe space while eating yummy food
• Getting other gender neutral bathrooms in each building: in progress
• Open Mic Night, May

Posted by,
Jerin Alam
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force
National Organization for Women (NOW)

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