A Day Without WPA
Today is International Women’s Day, a day to consider opportunities for gender equality and celebrate the achievements of women throughout the world. As we witness a movement to highlight the paid and unpaid labor women contribute to our nation, we asked, “what would a day without WPA look like?”
Today, like most Wednesdays, WPA staff will test 10 women in the community for HIV, provide six HIV+ women at Bedford Correctional Facility with care, educate 25 women at Bedford on how to remain HIV-, counsel another six HIV+ women at Rikers, and pack 100 HIV kits for clients with the help of 13 corporate volunteers.
We will be in court across two boroughs advocating for three women to join or remain in our alternative to incarceration program, JusticeHome. A minimum of 10 women will seek support from our Community Linkage Unit and 20 families at risk of separation will sit down with staff for family case reviews and conferences.
Today, 11 women will convene for arts-based therapy, four women will prepare with staff for housing interviews, and eight children will receive after-school care (today only, they will be supervised by two male staffers who have volunteered to replace the employees who normally provide childcare).
Were we to close our doors today, 66 women and 52 children would have nowhere to sleep tonight and nothing to eat.
Recognizing the collective power of women at WPA and beyond, we are thrilled to announce that today we also launch of our new blog, Justice Talk.
Created by our junior board, the Emerging Philanthropists, Justice Talk is powered by passionate advocates for criminal justice reform who hope to explore the many issues women face that affect us all.
We hope you will join us in this important conversation today and in the days to come.
Happy International Women’s Day.