You’re invited to help make an impact during Midlands Gives
by WREN Staff on Apr 7, 2023
How do you solve the labor shortage? Women are the answer. WREN’s Power Up initiative is a collection of reports and research created by WREN to address workplace inequities in South Carolina. Most women in our state are breadwinners for their families so workplace discrimination has rippling impacts all across the state.
The South Carolina Gender Justice Advocacy Fellowship is a 6-month-long fellowship program designed to reimagine advocacy to reflect a broader representation of our communities’ perspectives and experiences. Fellows will gain access to tools and skills needed to influence public policy in South Carolina, while engaging in the legislative process during an active legislative session.
The South Carolina Coalition for Healthy Families is a network of organizations that advocates, educates and collaborates to expand access to sexual and reproductive health information, services, and rights for all South Carolinians.
SEARE is a Southern Regional Partnership working to align reproductive rights, health, and justice organizations serving diverse communities in the southeast. Comprised of Healthy & Free Tennessee (HFTN), SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective (SisterSong), SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW!, Inc. (SPARK), and the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN), SEARE will leverage our combined leadership and expertise, both regionally and nationally, to provide capacity building trainings to strategic partners and coordinate proactive advocacy efforts to mobilize stakeholders across geographic and movement boundaries.
Be the Voice is a campaign to bring together a strong, collective voice in South Carolina to advocate with and on behalf of women and their families to ensure that we each have the ability to make our own health decisions and to access the care that we need without judgment, stigma or barriers. Stay tuned for announcements on how this project continues to grow and amplify voices in 2019-2020.
This project focuses on the ability of every woman to share her own narrative through unique and impactful storytelling techniques. Participants engaged in a community conversation space to think through their story and legacy, and are now attending workshops like Podcasting 101, Stand-up Storytelling, and Storytelling through Facebook live to learn best practices on sharing narratives. This experience will conclude in August 2019 with opportunities to formally record stories, or perform stories during our #SheDid Story Share event on Sunday, August 25th at the Robert Mills Carriage House.
Women and Girls in the Midlands is a photovoice project by WREN in partnership with Indie Grits Labs, aimed at elevating the stories of women and gender minorities to create conversation and awareness around shared opportunities and barriers. Project work was hosted in over nine exhibit spaces in 2017-2018 and concluded with a documentary launch from Mahkia Greene, Indie Grits Labs.
Each year we host a state-wide summit to bring diverse people together for a common goal to increase women’s empowerment. Stay tuned for WREN’s 5th Anniversary in Fall 2021.
Here’s a recap of last year’s virtual summit
Now is the time to invest in South Carolina’s women, girls, and families. We need people like you joining the movement, speaking out, and leading the way toward positive change.
In Their Own Words
"I am very excited to be associated with the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) because the group has brought different views to the table to advocate for rights of women and their families. WREN has clarity of what needs to be done to bring partners together to achieve its goals."