YWCA's national mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. For more than 20 years, they have set aside one week in October as a Week Without Violence, part of a global movement to end violence against women and girls. Gender-based violence recognizes a spectrum of violence, including but not limited to intimate partner violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and harassment. During Week Without Violence, YWCA hangs The Clothesline Project and the Coalition for Women Students schedule Take Back the Night.
The Clothesline Project is shirts that are decorated testimony of women affected by violence. Many of the shirts within WSU's collection are over 30 years old. If you are interested in sharing your experience by decorating a shirt and having it added to the display, please contact the Women*s Center.