Category: News

Health and Education, News

WREN Statement on DHEC Mask Recommendations

by WREN Staff on Aug 20, 2021

Columbia, SC– Today, the Department of Health and Environmental Control made it clear that we are in a public health crisis, and that the best way to keep our kids healthy and safe is to ensure that they are wearing masks inside of schools. Despite this clear and compelling evidence, the Governor continues to stand

COVID-19, Economic Opportunity, Health and Education, News

Working Women at Higher Risk in School Reopening  

by WREN Staff on Aug 9, 2021

Columbia, SC- Today, Governor Henry McMaster held a press conference on COVID-19 and school reopening. Despite overwhelming evidence that masks are the most effective tool we have to curtail the surge in Covid infections among children, the Governor has refused to take decisive action. Unfortunately, his wishful thinking about “personal responsibility” will hurt children and


Now Hiring: Administrative Assistant

by WREN Staff on Jul 28, 2021

This position is closed. Position Overview The Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) is a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that is building a movement to advance the health, economic well-being, and rights of women, girls, gender expansive people, and their families in South Carolina. This will be a part-time (20-25 hours per week), non-exempt position

Leadership and Civic Engagement, News

Do you want to teach Advocacy 101?

by WREN Staff on Jun 3, 2021

WREN provides Advocacy 101 training to build the strength and knowledge of our network.  This training includes information about the legislative process and how individuals can get involved with advocacy at the state house. Check out our latest training below and contact us at to schedule a training session! If you enjoyed the Advocacy

Advocate Stories, Freedom from Violence, News

Jamal Sutherland should still be alive today.

May 14, 2021

The following statement is from the ACLU of South Carolina, CAJM, Charleston Activist Network, Charleston Immigrant Coalition, Charleston BLM, Black Liberation Fund, Lowcountry Action Committee, SC4CJ, and WREN regarding the release of video of the death of Jamal Sutherland at the Al Cannon Detention Center:  Jamal Sutherland should still be alive today. The killing of

News, Policy Updates

Sine Die in the 1st year of a 2-year session

by WREN Staff on May 7, 2021

Sine Die is the day that the South Carolina General Assembly will officially end the legislative session. This year Sine Die will occur at 5 pm on May 13th. Before they adjourn for the year, the legislators will pass a sine die resolution that outlines the things they can take up between May – January. Any bill/ issue not included in

Advocate Stories, Freedom from Violence, News

An Urgent Call from Ann Warner, WREN CEO

by Ann Warner on Apr 16, 2021

This week began with news of yet another murder of an unarmed Black man, Daunte Wright, by police in Minneapolis, followed by protests in his community and the heartbreaking appearance of his anguished mother and family on national television. We are now learning about the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old child, Adam Toledo, by police

Freedom from Violence, Health and Education, News

New Report Confirms, South Carolina as Dangerous State for Women, Transgender People, Survivors with Disabilities

by WREN Staff on Apr 16, 2021

An increase in sexual and intimate partner violence reveals a systemic issue in reporting violence and the accessibility of care for transgender people and survivors with disabilities.  COLUMBIA, SC– South Carolina consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous states for women.  A new report from Able SC, SCCADVASA (the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual

Leadership and Civic Engagement, News, Policy Updates

WREN Testimony in Opposition to H.4150

by WREN Staff on Apr 15, 2021

This testimony was prepared for the House Judiciary Election Laws Subcommittee on April 15, 2021. Thank you for the opportunity to submit written testimony to this committee. My name is Ann Warner and I am the CEO of the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN). WREN is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with a mission to build