Women Speaking Out is a private 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that works to educate young women in middle school through college about dating violence and creating community awareness. We offer grassroots initiatives to help reduce incidences of dating violence by offering character development workshops, anti-violence trainings and public awareness events centered on speaking out against domestic violence. Our programs are currently funded by contributions from private and corporate donors. The revenues are used to develop educational curriculum and host two annual events Speak Love Forum and Uplift Conference for young women focused on self-love.
Our programs are designed to bring women together and promote self-esteem through fashion, beauty, music, and social life. Women Speaking Out is dedicated to celebrating as well as empowering young women by making resources available in any way possible. In addition, to our educational campaigns, events and website, we also maintain visibility through frequently used social media venues such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
What the butterfly symbolizes
Although the symbolism of the butterfly varies from culture to culture, it is widely viewed as a positive symbol of transformation, freedom from previous struggles, renewal and hope. Beauty, grace, and the feminine energy are also represented by the butterfly. We chose the butterfly as our logo to represent hope for a society without dating violence and positive self-transformation for young women that we try to instill through our initiatives.
The most beautiful characteristic of the butterfly is the process of metamorphosis.
As the caterpillar emerges from the chrysalis, it spreads its wings for the first time becoming a beautiful butterfly allowing it to take flight. Some of the goals of WSO is to inspire change, self love and teach girls preventative skills to allow them to develop into confident women.
To empower, unify, and educate young women to ensure safety from intimate partner violence.
To educate young women in high school through college about dating violence by providing an interactive programs and events focused on building self-esteem, increasing the awareness of dating violence, and teaching intervention techniques.
WSO Hawaii coordinates statewide awareness and preventative measures to reduce dating violence by providing:
- Peer training activities for females in high school through college
- Public awareness and referral services
- Uplift Conference includes
- Volunteer opportunities
- Innovative and trendy fundraising events – fashion and art shows, music performances