October was a busy month for the IRC in Atlanta’s newly-formed Gender Equality Committee (GEC), as the group organized special activities to mark both International Day of the Girl (IDG) and the Atlanta Pride Festival.
Launched in April 2018, the IRC in Atlanta’s GEC aims to remove gender-based barriers and empower women and girls by ensuring gender equality across all programming. For this inaugural year, the GEC elected to prioritize:
- improving female participation in IRC programs
- providing more support to clients learning to navigate public transportation
- making on-site childcare available to staff as well as clients
- providing a safe and comfortable breastfeeding area in the office
In addition to these goals, the GEC also organized activities for both IDG and Pride Weekend. For IDG on October 11, the GEC partnered with the IRC’s youth programs to host an empowerment workshop and celebration, with more than 30 young women coming out to the event. Attendees bonded over arts and crafts, set goals for the future and celebrated being themselves.
On October 14 the IRC in Atlanta marched in the Atlanta Pride Parade for the first time ever—distributing an incredible 1,000 Y’all Means All buttons en route! The IRC in Atlanta is committed to building a safe and inclusive community where everyone who calls Georgia home feels welcome and is honored to have marched alongside so many incredible groups and organizations.
Moving forward, the IRC in Atlanta’s GEC will continue to champion women and girls and advocate for an inclusive and safe community for all.
To learn more about the work of the IRC in Atlanta and for information on how you can get involved with the IRC as a donor or volunteer, please contact Senior Development Manager, Kalie Lasiter, at [email protected] or 678-636-8941.