1710-1712 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912 info@womenscenterofgreaterlansing.org 5173729163

New tricks up our sleeves

The Women’s Center had the opportunity to brainstorm ideas, with other organizations, determined to promote the help available to those who are in need of it.

Leaders, interns and volunteers from the Women’s Center, Plan Parenthood, the Women’s Resource Center at Michigan State University, and many others listened to the wisdom Heather Booth and Chelsea Del Rio had to offer.

Heather, a veteran feminist, and Chelsea, a rising feminist, were honorary guests. The two used their in-depth experiences in promoting change to answer the questions of Lansing area organizational leaders and volunteers.

Heather refers to herself as an organizer. She has been campaigning for reform since her start up in the civil rights and women’s rights movements. Heather is the current president of Midwest Academy where she helps train social leaders.

Chelsea has made a name for herself in the reform world. Not only has she organized the longest running Women Take Back the Night event, she has also marched for her beliefs in Washington.

Heather and Chelsea dished ideas on how to promote events, thoughts, and the action needed to make changes. More importantly, the two reminded us that by working with other organizations in the area, not only will we all benefit, but more importantly we can take the cause further than if we chose to tackle it on our own.

The Women’s Center is excited to take what we’ve learned and applying it towards helping women.

New- support groups and workshops

Upcoming Workshops and Support Groups

Pre-registration is not required to attend groups but it greatly appreciated.

All groups are free of charge. We happily accept donations.

 Rape Survivor Support Group, Mondays, 6:00 – 7:30pm

Assertiveness Training for Women ~ new day and time coming soon!

Bi-Polar Support Group is currently taking members, call for info

 Support Group Descriptions

Job Seekers Support Group  Mondays, 10 a.m. – Noon (on-going)
Need a job? Looking for a different job? Underemployed? We will take a structured approach to job seeking, finding the right job or career for you.

Domestic Violence Group Saturdays, 12:00-1:30 pm

Are you afraid of your partner? Believe you deserve to be hurt or mistreated? Are you emotionally numb or helpless? Domestic violence comes in many forms including physical, emotional, verbal, and financial. Find support at this weekly meeting.

Rape Survivor Support Group Mondays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

There are many types of sexual assault, from rape within marriage, teenage “experimentation” to sexual assault when drinking. Any woman who believes she has been sexually assaulted is invited to attend the first meeting of this group. Pre-registration is preferred for this group.

 

 Not So Happy Endings Support Group Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

A group for women who are ending relationships and want some support and resources to get through it  Please contact Claudia at (517) 896-3311 for more information.

 Parenting Group (this group will start when there are three people who are interested in attending)

Lecture and group discussion each week for those with children of all ages. Class lecture based on the Love and Logic Model. Topics include Parenting Styles, Discipline Strategies, and Child Safety.

 

Anxiety Support Group 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 2:00 to 3:30 pm   Learn ways to decrease anxiety and how to relax.

Fight Back – Don’t Be a Victim, 6 – 8 p.m. First Tuesday of the month

Self-Defense and Boundary Setting Workshop: Learn how to set appropriate boundaries, recognize dangers, defend yourself, simple techniques than can hurt and disable an attacker. Appropriate for females over age 13; taught by an instructor with 25+ years of martial arts experience. Pre-registration is required. Call 372-9163.

Girl Rising – “One Girl with Courage is a Revolution”

Journey with 10 girls as they overcome struggles to grasp an education that could lead them to their dreams.

We have the opportunity to bring the inspirational film Girl Rising to the Lansing area on March 28th.

Watch the film trailer here.

The film is based on girls from 10 different countries. Each must overcome hardships that have been forced on them in order to raise their hand in a classroom. Education for these girls is not a priority in their community. With little help from others they rise up and find a way to make an education possible.

Reserve or purchase your ticket here.

Celebrities, such as Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson, will have voice performances throughout the movie.

 

 

Assertiveness Workshop for Women

Do you feel guilty when you say no? Are you letting your kids or other family members get away with anything they want? Do family members impose on you? Aren’t sure of the differences between assertive and aggressive responses to situations?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, WE WANT YOU!

We are offering a FREE workshop to help you:

  • practice being assertive
  • set appropriate boundaries
  • develop positive communication strategies with others
  • and other communication difficulties that you have

The workshop is Wed., March 27, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Center.

To register, please call the Women’s Center at 517-372-9163.

 

See you there!

 

One Billion Rising – a world-wide flash mob

Around the world, people were moving and grooving in an effort to end violence against females.

V-Day, a global activist movement, focuses its attention on ending violence towards women and girls. For its 15th anniversary on Feb. 14, 2013, billions of people joined together in the event One Billion Rising to end violence against women.

Watch a rising here.

This was a global event intended to combine efforts to bring attention to ending rape and sexual violence towards women and girls. It became the largest, mass-action event ever to stop violence against females. Intentions accomplished.

“It has brought together coalitions of groups and individuals that have never worked together before; brought in all kinds of new people and groups and associations and masses of men who are not aware of the issue but are now working on it; brought violence against women, through our numbers and efforts to the center of the discussion,” playwright Eve Ensler said in a press release.

Women and their loved ones went to high-profile locations and broke out in a flash mob performance, like this one in Peru. A dance was choreographed to Break the Chain specifically for One Billion Rising. Some also envisioned and created their own dance number to perform.

Learn the dance (step-by-step) here.

For two days people in over 200 countries were connected through movement while participating in One Billion Rising.

In a press release Ensler said, “…it is in our connectedness, in our stomping feet and uncontrollable hips that the path and energy will be created to bring in a new world. We will galvanize the will and the passion of everyone rising around the world to create change.”

Get involved with V-Day here.

 

By Katy Barth

 

 

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