Solidarity, Hope and Healing for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Around the world, there is a clarion call to address deep, longstanding pain and injustice. And behind closed doors, a surge in domestic violence jeopardizes the lives of millions of women, children and those most vulnerable to violence who have been sheltering in place with abusers as a result of COVID-19.

Gender justice, racial justice, economic justice and the health and well-being of our communities are inextricably linked. Our shared pledge to ensure the safety for every single person, in every single community, has never been more necessary — or more urgent.

A Call For Courage is needed.

Join U.S. SENATOR KAMALA HARRIS; best-selling Author of Know My Name, CHANEL MILLER; Singer-Songwriter, ANDRA DAY; Author, Activist and Founder of Together Rising, GLENNON DOYLE; and a very special Surprise Guest as we raise awareness and support for survivors, frontline responders and advocates who are working tirelessly to keep survivors safe.

WANDA M. HOLLAND GREENE, Head of The Hamlin School and Trustee of Columbia University, will lead us through Call For Courage, which will also feature nationally recognized Civil Rights Leader, LATEEFAH SIMON; Actor and Activist, AURORA PERRINEAU; U.S. Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate, AMANDA GORMAN; and KQED News Anchor, MINA KIM.

We invite you to an evening of conversation and connection as we build support for the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (managed by UN Women) and Futures Without Violence to meet this critical moment with courage, resiliency, solidarity and action.


The UN Trust Fund is the only global grant-making fund dedicated to eradicating all forms of violence against women and girls – and is managed by UN Women on behalf of the UN system. Since its establishment in 1996, it has supported 572 initiatives in 140 countries and territories aiming to improve access to services for survivors of violence; change harmful norms and attitudes to prevent violence; and strengthen implementation of laws, policies and action plans on violence against women and girls. The UN Trust Fund is uniquely placed to meet the most urgent needs of women and girls and their communities at the grassroots and local levels. In the context of COVID-19, the UN Trust Fund is responding to the alarming increase in violence against women and girls in multiple forms, by providing support to women’s organizations, identified as first responders to women and girls who are victims of violence.

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Futures Without Violence has been at the forefront of the movement to end gender-based violence in the U.S. and globally for nearly forty years. Today, with the shadow pandemic of domestic violence in full force all around the world, we are working around-the-clock to support a national network of frontline responders in the U.S. who are trusted lifelines for adult and child survivors. They are the people who are uniquely positioned to reach a survivor who is isolated at home and to get them help and connect them to safety. They are also supporting domestic violence shelters and protecting kids from abuse and online harassment; and helping survivors to heal from trauma and to rebuild their emotional and financial lives after abuse. Our response to the COVID-19 crisis builds on a longstanding history of preventing and addressing domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, with top ratings from Charity Navigator. We are passionately dedicated to ending all forms of violence against women, children and those most at-risk for abuse.

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This program is brought to you in collaboration with the upcoming Courage Museum. Opening in 2021, the Museum is designed to envision a world in which violence is not an inevitable part of the human experience. Through immersive storytelling and educational experiences, the Museum will be an immersive learning center for the deep, transformative human change needed to prevent violence before it happens.

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