Evanston/North Shore

November 2016

There are many ways people in our country experience inequity. But one time all voices can get heard is through our elections. We encourage every person to vote, and to help others get to a polling place tomorrow.

What will happen post-election, when our country must start healing? What do we do with the animosity and misconceptions that have been widely spread about "this group" or "that group" during this election cycle? Here are just a few of the opportunities YWCA Evanston/North Shore is offering in the next several months:

  • Explore how we can accomplish our goal of becoming racially just and of creating equitable communities at "Liberation," on Tuesday, November 29, part of our Racial Equity Workshops.
  • Discuss current events through a racial equity lens at informal Let's Talk @ Lunch conversations, held weekly.
  • Attend the special exhibition, "Women Hold Up Half the Sky," which challenges visitors to open their eyes, minds, hearts, and most of all, to take action to improve women and girls' lives locally and worldwide, now through January 22.
  • Deepen your knowledge of issues women face here and around the globe at one of the upcoming programs developed in conjunction with the exhibition:

We look optimistically toward the future, and we will continue to work even harder on the issues that matter most to the thousands of women and families we help each year in the sixteen north suburban Chicago communities we serve. We hope you'll join us.

Together, we can work towards creating just communities which are more equitable and inclusive for all.

Karen Singer

We won the Allstate Purple Purse Challenge!

YWCA Evanston/North Shore recently won a $100,000 grand prize grant from The Allstate Foundation, triumphing over nearly 200 nonprofits nationally to win the Purple Purse Challenge.

Funds raised will strengthen the community by providing services such as emergency and longer term housing and support, counseling, legal aid and financial education to help victims break free from abusive situations.

"Women Hold Up Half the Sky" runs through January 22

"Women Hold Up Half the Sky" a special exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center co-presented by YWCA Evanston/North Shore, features ordinary women who have accomplished extraordinary things. It challenges visitors to open their eyes, minds, hearts, and most of all, to take action to improve women and girls' lives locally and worldwide. The following special programs are intended to deepen our understanding of those issues.

Social disparity and racial justice starts at birth

Maternal mortality rates in the U.S. are greater than in 63 other countries, including Libya, Iran, and Turkey - and they're rising.

  • What socioeconomic factors are causing U.S. maternal mortality rates to increase?
  • Why are women of color in Chicago are 3-5 times more likely to die during pregnancy and their baby's first year?
  • What preventable causes result in the deaths of 830 women worldwide each day?
  • What home situations put pregnant women at greatest risk?

Please join us Thursday, November 17 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Rotary International, 1560 Sherman Avenue in Evanston, to hear from maternal health experts who will discuss local and global challenges and solutions.

Featuring: K. Sujata, Executive Director, Chicago Foundation for Women (Moderator); Janine Hill, Executive Director, EverThrive Illinois; Dr. Stacie Geller, Director of the Center for Research on Women & Gender, University of Illinois at Chicago; and Caryl M. Stern, President & CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

Free to the public. Reserve your space here.

Community Partners: Evanston Department of Public Health; Lutheran General Hospital; UIC School of Public Health; US Fund for UNICEF

A Walk to Beautiful 


Please join us Thursday, December 1 at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center for a screening of the Emmy-winning film, A Walk To Beautiful, which profiles how one hospital in Ethiopia is helping women overcome significant health challenges related to childbirth.

Featuring a post-film discussion with Allison Shigo, co-producer of the film, Executive Director, Healing Hands of Joy.

Reserve your space here.

Community Partners: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.- Delta Chi Omega chapter; Evanston Community Foundation; EverThrive Illinois; Healing Hands of Joy; Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago; Jewish Women's Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago; National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chicago North Shore Section; North Shore (IL) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated; SHALVA

Save the date for "Reimagining," our second Racial Justice Summit!

April 6-7, 2017
Unitarian Church of Evanston

We are planning our second annual Racial Justice Summit, and are thrilled to announce that Charlene A. Carruthers has agreed to serve as our keynote speaker! Ms Carruthers is a Chicago-based community organizer and writer with over 10 years' experience in racial, gender and social justice activism. Charlene works nationally to train, mobilize and organize young Black activists to create lasting policy and social change.

Please save the date and look for more information soon!

Iris Barrios and Phil Garcia join staff


We are excited to welcome two more talented professionals to our YWCA Evanston/North Shore staff.

Iris Barrios, our new housing occupancy and employment specialist, will work with domestic violence survivors and their families, including those in our 16-unit apartment building expected to open in February 2017. Barrios also will help clients secure stable employment, providing support with job readiness skills and securing job training and placement, developing resumes, completing applications and preparing for interviews. Read more here.

Phillip Garcia, a violence prevention educator, will be part of the YWCA team working with Evanston/Skokie District 65 to provide sexual abuse education and training in all District 65 schools - a partnership that fulfills the mandate of Erin's Law, which requires that public schools in Illinois implement child sexual abuse prevention programs. Read more here.

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