WHAT IS THE 21-DAY DVAM CHALLENGE?
In 2020, the YWCA Pierce County went virtual for Domestic Violence Action Month (DVAM)!
As part of DVAM, we hosted a virtual 21-day challenge. Every weekday participants received an email with various learning challenges such as podcasts, videos, and articles that examine the intersections of white supremacy, racism, and domestic and sexual violence.
Through this challenge, we explored topics such as white supremacy, criminalization of survival, barriers to accessing services, and transformative justice. By learning about these topics, we developed a deeper understanding of the barriers that survivors of color face in seeking assistance. We left this challenge with tools and skills to better support survivors of color, through strategies that were developed and fostered by people of color (especially women of color).
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WHAT INSPIRED YWCA’S 21 DAY CHALLENGE?
Originally developed by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. and Debby Irving, the 21-Day challenge has been adapted by many organizations across the country. By taking 21 days to form a habit, the challenge aims to have participants build in a set-aside time and space to build more effective social justice habits.
We want to thank Food Solutions New England for inspiring this challenge. They were the first to adapt an exercise from Dr. Eddie Moore and Debby Irving’s book into the interactive 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge, which they launched in 2014. We also want to thank The YWCA of Greater Cleveland for leading this work with their 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge and sharing that work with the YWCA National network.