For this month’s 2nd Wednesday Chef Team event, we wanted to share something special from our hearts to honor the residents at SafeHouse for Mother’s Day. Volunteers enjoyed a wonderful evening preparing and sharing their mother’s or family’s favorite recipes.
Violence against women impacts mothers and their children in our community and around the globe. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 1 in 3 (35%) women experience intimate partner or sexual violence in their lifetimes. Impacts include serious short- and long-term physical, mental, and behavioral health problems for survivors and for their children. [see Florida stats and US National stats]
WHO says that to achieve lasting change, we must address discrimination against women; promote gender equality; support women; and help to move towards more peaceful cultural norms.
Reflection: What can you do in your daily actions and human connections to promote a culture of peace? How do you set an example of respect for the women in your life? What will you do today to make the world a better place – for women in general, or maybe for a woman in your life?
This Mother’s Day, let’s pledge intentional effort for lasting positive change for women in our own spheres of influence and those in our greater community. Make a personal commitment to volunteer with or make a donation to SafeHouse of Seminole, or another organization that is working to support survivors and prevent intimate partner and sexual violence in our community.
We all work daily to expand our kindness footprint. Thank you for all that you do to make the world we share a better place.
- WHO Violence against Women Fact Sheet (2016)
- SafeHouse of Seminole
- Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Get help – Florida Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-500-1119
- Join BE. Orlando for our next volunteer event