YWCA’s ‘Week Without Violence’ slated

One in three women experience gender-based violence, world-wide, and sadly, many Marshall County women are victims.

In an effort to tackle the issue head-on, the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA is hosting YWCA Week Without Violence Oct. 16-20.

“This annual event is part of a dynamic movement to end violence against women and girls in partnership with YWCA’s across the country and around the world,” said Kim Jass-Ramirez, Marshalltown Y Financial Development Director. “Women of all backgrounds and identities disproportionately bear the burden of gender-based violence, and it is important to recognize the diverse experiences of survivors. “

The impact of domestic violence in Marshall County is serious.

“Beginning at noon Oct. 13, flags will be placed on the Marshall County Courthouse lawn to represent the number of people impacted by domestic violence in the community. This display is a joint effort of the Y and Not In Our Town. The flags will remain through Oct. 23.

Additional activities have been planned by Y leaders, including a donation drive for supplies to assist children in crisis. Participants in the Y’s Fit Kids Afterschool Program will decorate hands with positive activities and make kindness stones to place around the campus and Mega 10 Park.

More information and updated schedule of events can be found on the Y’s website at www.ymca-ywca.org.