Womankind

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New York City / Womankind, formerly NYAWC, works with Asian survivors of gender-based violence to rise above trauma and build a path to healing.
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"The best thing about being a woman is that you don’t have to question your self-worth if you suck at sports... AND we get rescued off sinking ships first. 😉"--Kayla Chan, Manager of Later in Life Program

"The best thing about being a woman is that you don’t have to question your self-worth if you suck at sports. AND we get rescued off sinking ships first. 😉"--Kayla Chan, Manager of Later in Life Program

"My mom is the most dedicated person that I have ever met... A couple years ago, my mom started watching yoga instructional videos on YouTube and she was fascinated by how elegant the yoga poses were and how yoga had so many health benefits. She started to practice yoga day and night, and she recently just got certified to be a yoga instructor. I admire my mom’s spirit and attitude of learning and challenging herself."--Elly Chung, Advocate for survivors of violence

"My mom is the most dedicated person that I have ever met... A couple years ago, my mom started watching yoga instructional videos on YouTube and she was fascinated by how elegant the yoga poses were and how yoga had so many health benefits. She started to practice yoga day and night, and she recently just got certified to be a yoga instructor. I admire my mom’s spirit and attitude of learning and challenging herself."--Elly Chung, Advocate for survivors of violence

"My main motivation at work comes from seeing how Womankind provides excellent services to every single client and seeing them succeed in the midst of dealing with one of the most horrible experiences of their life. It is a great feeling when I know that with my job, I am contributing my part in their healing. I’m glad to know that I’m not alone in the effort to assist these survivors and to help end domestic violence."--Li Clavijo, Director of Finance and Administration

"My main motivation at work comes from seeing how Womankind provides excellent services to every single client and seeing them succeed in the midst of dealing with one of the most horrible experiences of their life. It is a great feeling when I know that with my job, I am contributing my part in their healing. I’m glad to know that I’m not alone in the effort to assist these survivors and to help end domestic violence."--Li Clavijo, Director of Finance and Administration

"I am all that and everything because of the women who came before me, to those who carry me on their backs, and for those who I hope to uphold. I am a carving of their recipes, shaped by their stories, and healed through their injuries and remedies. To me, being a woman means I have to be myself, and for everyone else who was wasn’t allowed to be. Womanhood gave birth to all that was, is and will be great in this world." --Maria D’Cruze, Support Group Facilitator

"I am all that and everything because of the women who came before me, to those who carry me on their backs, and for those who I hope to uphold. I am a carving of their recipes, shaped by their stories, and healed through their injuries and remedies. To me, being a woman means I have to be myself, and for everyone else who was wasn’t allowed to be. Womanhood gave birth to all that was, is and will be great in this world." --Maria D’Cruze, Support Group Facilitator

“I would like to think that I am making some mark in women's history. Just by being alive, breathing, and surviving, one fight at a time. Learning our history from my mother and my mother's mother. Using that history to feed my present and shape my future. Standing on the shoulders of warriors and hoping to see the day when our faces shatter all the glass ceilings of the world. There would be no sweeter pain.”  --Sasha Ann Frazer, Brooklyn Community Office Manager

“I would like to think that I am making some mark in women's history. Just by being alive, breathing, and surviving, one fight at a time. Learning our history from my mother and my mother's mother. Using that history to feed my present and shape my future. Standing on the shoulders of warriors and hoping to see the day when our faces shatter all the glass ceilings of the world. There would be no sweeter pain.” --Sasha Ann Frazer, Brooklyn Community Office Manager

One woman I would’ve loved to have met is Zora Neale Hurston... Two of her quotes that stand out for me are "Sometimes I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can anyone deny themselves the pleasure of my company?" and "If you are silent about your pain, they'll kill you and say you enjoyed it." ... She’s a reminder of a type of boldness I work to be and sustain." --Betty Rose Green, Manager of One Again Program for survivors of sexual…

One woman I would’ve loved to have met is Zora Neale Hurston... Two of her quotes that stand out for me are "Sometimes I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can anyone deny themselves the pleasure of my company?" and "If you are silent about your pain, they'll kill you and say you enjoyed it." ... She’s a reminder of a type of boldness I work to be and sustain." --Betty Rose Green, Manager of One Again Program for survivors of sexual…

"I used to always be tired while working so hard as a cashier to take care of my child and my finances... At age 39, as an immigrant and as English as my second language, I went back to school to be a creative art therapist. I am now a licensed therapist and started my first full-time job at Womankind. I do it for myself and to be a role model for my daughter, who is my best companion of life. We dance together all the time."  --Miyoung Kim, Later in Life Advocate

"I used to always be tired while working so hard as a cashier to take care of my child and my finances... At age 39, as an immigrant and as English as my second language, I went back to school to be a creative art therapist. I am now a licensed therapist and started my first full-time job at Womankind. I do it for myself and to be a role model for my daughter, who is my best companion of life. We dance together all the time." --Miyoung Kim, Later in Life Advocate

"It’s hard speaking to the anger and discontent of my own rape(s). But from the lineage of women who have stood up, showed up and spoken out, we remember that we are allowed to laugh together as we lean on one another’s shoulders; as we let tears of experience scream words in universal languages that only survivors can translate through silence." --Navila Rashid, Community Education and Outreach Manager

"It’s hard speaking to the anger and discontent of my own rape(s). But from the lineage of women who have stood up, showed up and spoken out, we remember that we are allowed to laugh together as we lean on one another’s shoulders; as we let tears of experience scream words in universal languages that only survivors can translate through silence." --Navila Rashid, Community Education and Outreach Manager

"Womankind to me is a living organism, with a soul and a spirit, made up of individuals supporting its mission and vision. Womankind, in its early stage since formation, is fluid, capable of being shaped constantly. The spirit of the founding members, the wishes from friends and supporters..." --Jing Shan, Associate Director of Residential Programs

"Womankind to me is a living organism, with a soul and a spirit, made up of individuals supporting its mission and vision. Womankind, in its early stage since formation, is fluid, capable of being shaped constantly. The spirit of the founding members, the wishes from friends and supporters..." --Jing Shan, Associate Director of Residential Programs

"It takes so much courage for people experiencing violence and abuse to pick up the phone and ask for help. When someone calls our helpline, I know what it feels like to be on the other side of the line because I have been there, too. I believe no matter what situation we are in, we can overcome any obstacle if we have determination. And it's the courage of the women (and men) who call us that motivates me to do my work."  --Rahnum Tasnuva, Helpline Manager

"It takes so much courage for people experiencing violence and abuse to pick up the phone and ask for help. When someone calls our helpline, I know what it feels like to be on the other side of the line because I have been there, too. I believe no matter what situation we are in, we can overcome any obstacle if we have determination. And it's the courage of the women (and men) who call us that motivates me to do my work." --Rahnum Tasnuva, Helpline Manager

"I've experienced both the beautiful and ugly things about humanity. The ugly came in the form of indifference, narrow mindedness, hate and the maliciousness of those who exploit a person (or persons) less privileged than themselves. The beautiful came in the form of my family, courage, laughter, empathy and kindness -- and I always knew I'd work to pay it forward. I would like to instill those values in the next generation, especially my daughter."  --Mary Caparas, Manager of Project Free

"I've experienced both the beautiful and ugly things about humanity. The ugly came in the form of indifference, narrow mindedness, hate and the maliciousness of those who exploit a person (or persons) less privileged than themselves. The beautiful came in the form of my family, courage, laughter, empathy and kindness -- and I always knew I'd work to pay it forward. I would like to instill those values in the next generation, especially my daughter." --Mary Caparas, Manager of Project Free

"Community building is very powerful for the women we work with. I believe when given the opportunity, resources, and a platform, women can make true change in our society while at the same time investing in themselves. What drives me to do the work I do is when the women are exposed to new ideas and knowledge that can educate and empower them to lead self-sufficient lives." --Ame Bora, Economic Empowerment Coordinator at Womankind

"Community building is very powerful for the women we work with. I believe when given the opportunity, resources, and a platform, women can make true change in our society while at the same time investing in themselves. What drives me to do the work I do is when the women are exposed to new ideas and knowledge that can educate and empower them to lead self-sufficient lives." --Ame Bora, Economic Empowerment Coordinator at Womankind

SXSW will screen "Rise Above," a documentary on Womankind's work that was filmed through Oculus's VR for Good initiative

SXSW will screen "Rise Above," a documentary on Womankind's work that was filmed through Oculus's VR for Good initiative

Womankind's rebranding gets coverage in Chinese-language press

Womankind's rebranding gets coverage in Chinese-language press

Mary Caparas, a project manager at Womankind, is quoted in this Gothamist article on the NYPD's continued arrest of sex workers despite a pledge to target traffickers.

"It's difficult to build trust when you are being handcuffed.

Brittany is a 17-year-old survivor of sexual violence who confronts and overcomes her trauma in the Oculus VR for Good virtual reality film, called "Rise Above for Womankind."

Brittany is a survivor of sexual violence who confronts and overcomes her trauma in the Oculus VR for Good virtual reality film, called "Rise Above for Womankind.