Advocate Stories, Policy Updates

My Off-Session Agenda

by Ashley Lidow on Oct 18, 2017

Here at WREN it is my job to educate our South Carolina policymakers about the challenges and opportunities the women and girls of South Carolina face. In other words, I lobby at the Statehouse. Since the legislative session runs from January until May this is the time of year when people ask me “What do… Read more

Advocate Stories, Special Events

Volunteers Needed : Photovoice Project

by Megan Plassmeyer on Oct 10, 2017

As the Seen and Heard: Women and Girls in the Midlands project continues, we’ve seen an outpouring of images and interviews that truly speak to the experiences that women and girls face within Richland County. As we start designing and planning exhibits for 2018, we’ll need the help of community members in order to make these events… Read more

Special Events

Calling 2018 WREN Summit Presenters

by Eme Crawford on Oct 3, 2017

WREN is now accepting submissions for panel presentations and break out sessions for our 2018 summit on April 9-10 in downtown Columbia.  Our focus this year is the economic empowerment of women. Click here to see examples of panels and breakout sessions from last year’s summit. Panel presentation proposals should include 3-4 presenters whose work… Read more

Advocate Stories

Sneak Peak: Seen & Heard Photovoice Project

by Megan Plassmeyer on Sep 28, 2017

Since the Seen and Heard: Women and Girls in the Midlands project launch on August 22nd, five groups of women and girls from Richland County have met and started capturing photographs that represent the opportunities and barriers faced by their communities. Next week our groups will begin unveiling their first series of photographs within their congregations.  But why photography?… Read more

Advocate Stories, Policy Updates

Jacqueline Mayorga: “I’m Here to Stay.”

by Megan Plassmeyer on Sep 7, 2017

WREN stands with the Dreamers of South Carolina. Learn more about the story of a Dreamer in our community and how you can take action. Jacqueline Mayorga is a dreamer in every sense of the word. Her parents, undocumented immigrants from Mexico, brought her to South Carolina when she was just three years old. Since… Read more

Advocate Stories, Special Events

WREN Launches New Midlands Project with Organizational Partners

by Megan Plassmeyer on Aug 23, 2017

On Tuesday, August 22nd, the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) held a kick-off meeting with organizational partners to launch the Seen and Heard: Women and Girls in the Midlands photovoice project. This project, supported by a Connected Communities Grant from Central Carolina Community Foundation, as well as the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South… Read more

Health and Education, Special Events

Work Out & Give Back

by WREN Staff on Aug 22, 2017

Plot twist: The workout you’re about to destroy will also destroy the patriarchy. Our friends at Fit Columbia are about to change the way you work out.  Through their new fitness fueled fundraising series, they will be offering donation based classes during the months of September and October to raise money for WREN.  The series… Read more

Health and Education, Special Events

The Difference Between “Technically” and “Actually”

by WREN Staff on Aug 15, 2017

UPDATED 8.30.2017: Deadline Extended Technically, current FDA regulations allow emergency contraception (EC) — birth control that prevents pregnancy after sex — to be sold directly on the shelf to women and men of any age with no restrictions. But actually, reports from around the country indicate that in many places, finding EC over-the-counter is not that simple…. Read more

Health and Education, Policy Updates

4,208 Reasons for Celebration

by Eme Crawford on Aug 8, 2017

Over the past 24 hours I watched a few amazing things happen: When a call went out yesterday from WREN that the State Board of Education was voting for a second and final time on revisions that would make our Health and Safety Education Standards comprehensive and evidence-based,  over 275 advocates sent 4,208 emails of support… Read more

Advocate Stories

Work with WREN!

by WREN Staff on Aug 1, 2017

Calling all advocates! Don’t miss out on a chance to spend your fall with the WREN team.  See below for details regarding our new internship opportunities.  We’ll be accepting applications until August 16. Communications Internship (Fall 2017) Policy and Government Relations Internship (Fall 2017)