The phrase “Galentine’s Day” was coined by Parks & Rec’s Leslie Knope as a day ladies come together to lift up each other.
Valentine’s Day being what it is can be a tough time for single people, and even a trigger for survivors of domestic abuse.
This sentiment, along with the current dense and foggy political climate, inspired two local female-owned businesses — Prowess Creative and Norfolk’s newest handmade collective, For All Handkind — to collaborate on an event this Saturday that brings support to and sheds light on the YWCA of South Hampton Roads.
The organization is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
“The YWCA really strives to empower survivors of violence to take back control of their lives,” said Kathryn Cooke, YWCA volunteer and outreach coordinator. “When clients come into emergency shelter, our staff focus on helping them secure employment, seek out affordable and safe permanent or transitional housing options, learn healthy coping strategies, and strive for self-sufficiency. Our counselors work with adults as well as children one on one to focus on any mental and emotional health needs they may have. Between the licensed counselors, Victim Advocates, Shelter Services Manager, Resource and Housing Specialist, Housing Case Manager, respite childcare workers, etc. we have a team of people that are striving to help the women, men, and children who seek our services overcome obstacles to pave the way to success.”
Cooke believes we all have the chance to make a difference and to help support women.
“As for things the community can do to empower women — talk to each other about the issues,” she said. “Call out victim blaming when you hear it and educate people when you see education is needed. Share resources where you can, because you never know who may need them. Educate people that men can experience these things as well! Stand up to and for each other, challenge rape culture and ‘locker room’ talk. Gendered violence, stalking, sexual assault, domestic violence, human trafficking — these are not ‘women’s issues,’ they are human rights issues, and it is time they are treated as such.”
These women-owned and supported businesses are bringing you this Galentine’s Day event on Saturday at The Corner Gallery:
For All Handkind is a startup artist collective in Norfolk that I am a part of. Its founders are focused on presenting a beautifully curated online gallery of local artisan’s original works. With its fresh perspective and playful design, the webshop offers one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, glassware and homegoods. 70% of each purchase goes directly to the artist and 10% goes to a charity of the artist’s choice. Learn more at Forallhandkind.com and ‘find something bazaar.’
Waffletina is an amazing waffle-based pop up restaurant run and managed by Cristina Angelo. These treats are to die for and we’re sure you’ll want to follow her pop-ups all around town!
Prowess Creative Consulting is a team of women dedicated to event production and planning; brand management; publicity; public relations; and arts, non-profit and small business marketing.
The event runs from 11-1pm at the Corner Gallery this Saturday, February 11th. To make a donation to the YWCA and reserve your space here. Special thanks to the owners of Elixia & Saint Germain for their generous brunch and bloody Mary bar donation.