Update after the Very Busy Month of October

October was a very busy month! Between Domestic Violence Awareness Month events, early preparations for White Ribbon Day 2011, and work with the Men’s Initiative, it’s been great to see all the activity and I want to recognize a few of the efforts going on.

Earlier in the month, we hosted a Brown Bag Lunch for some of our partners. I was glad to see returning attendees and excited to welcome a few who’d never participated in one of our Brown Bag Lunches before. The meeting featured a presentation on mentorship by Warren Ivey, from the Family Service of Greater Boston. The presentation gave us a lot to think about and a few of us were able to linger afterwards for some interesting discussion.

I’ve also had the privilege of attending several awareness month events like the gala fundraiser for Saheli, Friendship for South Asian Women, the open house for A New Day in Brockton, MA and The Great Guys Awards by YWCA Daybreak breakfast in Worcester, MA. Over 200 representatives came to the breakfast from a variety of schools and programs in the area. This event featured a presentation on the role of active bystanders for prevention, something worth looking into if you’re not already familiar with the idea.

Here are a few links to learn more about being an active bystander:

Engaging Bystanders in Violence Against Women Prevention
Know Your Power
Be an Active Bystander

Another news item from Worcester is that the local chapter of Males Advocating Change is planning a White Ribbon Day activity in March at Clark University. I expect I’ll be hearing more about White Ribbon Day events in the coming weeks, and I’m looking forward to reporting about what’s in the works this year for Massachusetts!