Are you socially aware? Chances are you are. How about being socially active?
While we’re all busy and managing our own lives and problems it’s easy to assume that with so many people around someone will take the initiative to stand up for the larger, more scary issues we read about.
Finding a group that actually goes against the status quo and does that is a rare find. So that’s what makes the women’s organization Peace Over Violence so special.
Peace Over Violence is an educational program that provides supports to victims of domestic abuse, rape victims and encourages communities to work together and build healthy, stable relationships.
Founded in California in 1971 through the support of six friends of a rape survivor, Peace Over Violence has been going strong for over 40 years giving hope and the opportunity for a better life to women who need support.
The organization started out as a group of guerrilla feminists waging war against patriarchy with knowledge and empowerment but have evolved become an organization devoted to counseling women and teaching the basics of human equality.
With values like integrity, equality, determination, respect, knowledge, diversity, empowerment, and progress, Peace Over Violence has set out to make a change by acknowledging that abuse and discrimination of women is still present in today’s society.
Today, in a world where women are still battered on a daily basis, their compassionate devotion to their message is as strong as ever.
Peace Over Violence has a number of programs to supports women including response teams to domestic assault and rape, educational programs at various high schools and colleges around the nation and running a twenty-four-hour hotline in San Francisco for abused women.
It’s up to you
In an inspiring speech in 2005 one of the founders said: “some people are waiting for another Martin Luther King, an Abraham Lincoln, a Harriet Tubman or a Gandhi or that special somebody to show up. What if there isn’t anybody? This is our time. What if it’s up to us?”
Peace Over Violence takes on new volunteers for training every January, If you’re interested in getting involved with an amazing organization that will change your life and the lives of millions of other women see the site for what volunteer positions are available: www.peaceoverviolence.org.
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