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EVENTS

International Women’s Day

 

International Women’s Day is held annually on March 8th to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.

 

Each year Delamano celebrates this day by honoring a woman who has made a significant contribution to the fight against domestic and sexual assault violence, and who exemplifies the qualities of commitment, compassion and the dedication to improve the lives of domestic violence victims in the Merrimack Valley area.

Brides’ March

 

The Brides’ March offers a much-needed opportunity to raise awareness about the crisis of domestic violence in Lawrence and nearby communities. This annual walk is held in memory of Gladys Ricart, a Dominican immigrant who was murdered by her estranged boyfriend on her wedding day in New Jersey on September 26, 1999. We remember women, men and children who have lost their lives as a result of domestic violence in the Commonwealth of Mass. Resources will be made available for those currently living or who know of someone who’s in an abusive relationship. 

 

Walkers and supporters gather and lead a peaceful march around north Lawrence and return to the point of origin for a special program and vigil. Women are encouraged to wear donated wedding dresses or to wear all white.  Men are encouraged to dress in black, in solidarity for all of the fallen victims of domestic violence. 

 

This event is held in different states, including Miami, FL., Newburgh, NY, and Milwaukee, WI.  Attracting hundreds of supporters annually, the Lawrence Bride’s March is the only one of this kind in Mass., and the 2nd largest in the nation.

Softball tournament 

 

Every year Delamano hosts a tournament where local softball teams gather and vow to denounce domestic violence. The event begins with the white ribbon pledge, where all male participants recite an oath against intimate partner violence, which is followed by a moment of silence honoring all those effected by domestic violence. 

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girl

 

Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic.  From November 25th  through December 10th, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence aim to raise public awareness and mobilizing people everywhere to bring about change.  The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign invites you to “Orange the world,” using the color designated by the UNiTE campaign to symbolize a brighter future without violence.