The Women of Color Network, Inc. (WOCN) has a number of projects and initiatives that provide information to women of color advocates and activists that they might not otherwise access. The goal is to build the capacity of women of color and to also transform mainstream organizations and the anti-violence against women movement overall to embrace women of color leadership.
Endangerment and National Call to Action Initiative: WOCN has provided daily support and “crisis intervention and safety planning” with women of color advocates and activists struggling in their programs. As calls increased, WOCN, Inc. began to refer to the issue as “the endangerment of the woman of color advocate.” This term coined by WOCN used in publications, presentations and national roundtable discussions with women of color advocates and mainstream programs. For more information please see the Endangerment and National Call to Action Initiative page.
WOCN #JaggedJustice Project: The Women of Color Network, Inc. (WOCN) poses that women, men and queer people of color, gender non-conforming, gender fluid, cysgender, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, heterosexual people of Asian, African, Latin, Native, and those of Middle-Eastern descent do not get access to pure justice. Jagged Justice is embedded in the limited choices or measures that we are forced to accept, which do not fully meet our needs, and leave ourselves, our families and our communities in pain and broken by the criminal, civil, and all other systems that claim to offer justice. Our justice is jagged with centuries of wounds passed on from generation to generation. WOCN, Inc. recognizes that people of color often work in siloed environments with narrow, fractured analysis favored and mandated within their organizations, and often do not have a safe space or platform to acknowledge, discuss or respond to multiple types of violence and marginalization within their communities. WOCN, Inc. realizes that the healing and wholeness of communities of color can only be manifested by the cooperative and collaborative work of all community members.
Cultural Competency and Aspiring Ally Training: In a movement that is largely mainstream, WOCN, Inc. recognizes the importance of providing training to raise the competency and knowledge of mainstream advocates and programs to embrace and support women of color leadership. This training is intended for men and women of majority populations who are seeking to learn to serve as allies to Communities of Color, Women, LGBTQ, Elder, Native, Immigrants and Refugees populations.
Site Visits: The Women of Color Network, Inc. (WOCN) provides on-site technical assistance and resources to developing organizations around the country. The goal of the site visits is to support constituents who are forging unique initiatives designed to address communities of color and who need the additional support.
Training Without Walls: The Women of Color Network, Inc. (WOCN) has initiated a series of national teleconferences and webinars on emerging and specialized topics and issues. The goal is to promote access by bringing the information directly to advocates without the need for travel. These teleconferences and webinars are hosted periodically and provide curriculum-based training, technical assistance on specific topics, and facilitated discussion to explore new developments, movement building strategies and address concerns.