Category: Advocate Stories

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

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

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)

Advocate Stories

Support Dependable Contraceptive Access

by Beth Sundstrom on May 15, 2017

Free the Pill: Support Dependable Contraceptive Access The South Carolina House recently passed legislation to improve the health and well-being of women, infants, and families in our state. This bipartisan bill aims to increase uninterrupted access to contraception and decrease unintended pregnancy. Approximately 50% of all pregnancies in South Carolina are unintended. Unintended pregnancy leads… Read more

Advocate Stories, Freedom from Violence, Special Events

WREN: #WhyWeWalk

by WREN Staff on Mar 3, 2017

We’ve all heard the phrase “if only you were in my shoes.”  And now, the Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM) is bringing those words to life. The “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes” fundraising walk encourages the community to get involved in the fight against sexual violence and raises awareness about the local… Read more

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Donor Acknowledgements

by WREN Staff on Feb 2, 2017

We all have wonderful women in our life who need to be recognized. Some of our generous donors have decided to honor these women who have had a significant impact. A group of friends from Greenville, South Carolina chose to give to WREN in memory of their friend Esther Rogers. Martha and David Dolge, Nancy… Read more

Advocate Stories

A Better 2017

by WREN Staff on Jan 3, 2017

It’s a new year and we’re making some resolutions.  As members of a larger community, we must vocalize to our constituency that feminism isn’t just a luxury of the privileged, but is necessary for the freedom of all women in South Carolina. According to advocate and Girl’s Rock Charleston Teen Organizing Intern, India Coleman, working… Read more