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Commercial Appeal editorial page editor agrees that men must step up to reduce domestic violence.


MAWC Executive shares testimony about violence against women at a Tennessee Human Rights Commission hearing at Rhodes College.

MAWC board member, exec. director awarded

Executive Director Deborah M. Clubb was given this year’s Ruby Wharton award for women’s rights at the 12th annual Tea and Talk at the Top ceremony in City Hall.

She was one of nine women and girls honored with the award named for his wife by Mayor A C Wharton, Jr.

“This kind of recognition for me and my organization is very affirming, so I think you for that,” Clubb said in brief remarks.

On Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, MAWC Board member Jocelyn Wurzburg was one of seven civil rights pioneers who received an award from Wharton at historic Mason Temple near downtown. This was the first annual Be The Dream MLK Legacy award ceremony.

Panelists discuss DV experiences See our YouTube video of a panel discussion held following a local showing of the film "Precious."

Memphis No More

Join the No More Campaign

The Memphis Sexual Assault Kit Task Force is overseeing the work to get backlogged rape kits tested, and to make changes in how sexual assault crimes are treated and resolved. Click to read more.

Deborah Clubb and Doug McGowan talk about assault prevention and awareness on Live@9

WREG Channel 3

Register for the June 25 Walk here.*

* Please arrive at the Cannon Center for registration at 4:30.

Welcome from the Executive Director

Only one organization unites women's voices in strategic action to change policies for Shelby County women and girls - the Memphis Area Women's Council. With the help of a passionate volunteer board and linkages to the right partners and funders on specific strategic actions - the Women's Council is making change.

--Deborah Clubb, Executive Director

Executive Director Clubb is interviewed concerning an increase in reported rapes.

Click the links below for more information:

Crime on College Campuses Down, Rapes Up

Local College Responds to Reports of Sexual Assault

2nd annual 'Don't let DV coast' coaster campaign set for Beale Street; sponsors include Women's Council

$10,000 donated to help test backlogged rape kits in Memphis. MAWC Director, Deborah Clubb, comments to Fox 13.

FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

MAWC executive Director comments on 14-year-old rape case to News Channel 3 on September 10, 2014.

Deborah Clubb interviewed on September 2, 2014 by Channel 3 on recent domestic violence and rape cases


http://wreg.com/2014/09/02/murder-victim-was-divorcing-husband-who-had-histo ry-of-domestic-abuse/

MAWC Executive Director reacts to city government talking ban about rape kits


Verizon introduces bar coasters app to help in domestic violence cases

Read Commercial Appeal article.

It starts with awareness

Many events are planned during the month of October to raise awareness about family violence during the national Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Awareness can lead to advocacy and action.

Please see our calendar and make plans to attend one or more of these important events.

MAWC executive director talks about women in politics on Live@9:

Congressman Cohen, Commissioner Gibbons, DA Weirich Among Officials Reporting More Than $30 Million in Memphis Area Spending to Address Violence Against Women

Memphis, Tennessee – Echoing reports heard throughout Tennessee, officials and advocates from Shelby, Fayette, Lauderdale and Tipton Counties recently offered testimony before the Tennessee Economic Council on Women (TECW) about the tens of millions of dollars it costs to respond to local violence against women.

State Public Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons testified that more than half of all violent crimes in the state are linked to domestic violence, and in Shelby County, 18 percent of occurrences in 2012 were committed by repeat offenders. Commissioner Gibbons reported a slight decrease in incidences in 2013 to date, but cautioned that it is too soon to determine what the year's full figures might look like.

Memphis Mayor AC Wharton emphasized the pervasive impact that such crimes have on municipal spending in Memphis, where public safety accounts for 70 percent of the city budget. "Not only do crimes like domestic violence take up a large share of Memphis Police efforts, they are also responsible for more than half of the city's Fire Department calls," he said, because of the need for ambulances.

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Party and showing of 'Purple'
Is this year's Council fundraiser

For the sixth year, the Council is holding a party in conjunction with a show at Playhouse On The Square, and this year we'll be entertained by a performance of The Color Purple. So please mark your calendars for June 22 and buy tickets!

The party begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature fresh hot sliders prepared on-site by the staff from The Slider Inn.

The play, sponsored by the generous support of MAWC treasurer and founder Happy Jones and her husband Fred Terry, begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50. You can send a check to MAWC at 2574 Sam Cooper Blvd., Memphis, TN 38112, or you can purchase online by clicking on the Donate Button (above). For more information, contact dclubb@memphiswomen.org, or phone her at 901-378-3866. Thanks for your continuing support.


Remembering a friend and DV pioneer

Memphis Area Women’s Council Chair Sonja White passed away May 4, 2013 after a valiant struggle against cancer. She always brought strength, skill, vision, humor, compassion and passion to her life’s endeavors — especially when she was working on behalf of victims of family violence.

Sonja White

From left, Council President Deborah Clubb, Memphis Police Col. Mike Ryall and
Council Chair Sonja White at the 2nd annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes™ event.

Sonja was a 2009 recipient of a Women of Achievement Vision award for which an essay was written about her life's accomplishments. You can read it here.

They walked the mile to protest gender assault

Some of the spirited marchers in this year's 'Walk a Mile' event. Read more.

2013 crime victims award
presented to Council director

At an outdoor ceremony that included a tree-planting, Deborah M. Clubb, executive director of the Memphis Area Women's Council, was given an award for her work in helping victims of violence in Memphis and Shelby County. read more

Walk A Mile awareness
march gets TV-24 coverage

The station filed a news report about the Broad Avenue Spring Art Walk and included footage about the fourth annual Walk A Mile In Her ShoesTM event that took place around the art district April 19.

The domestic violence awareness event raises money for the Council and is organized each year by Memphis Men for Memphis Women. http://www.abc24.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=4025858&navCatId=20604

WomenTalk debuts: What's on Your Mind?

Come Share on April 11

Women's voices are powerful when united. We make things happen. We change how things are done.

It is in that spirit that the board of the Memphis Area Women's Council initiates WomenTalk - a regular monthly time for women to gather and share the joys, sorrows, aggravations, issues, rights and wrongs in our lives.

The door of our office at 2574 Sam Cooper Blvd. will be open each second Thursday starting in April - come sip a beverage and join the conversation, 5:30 to 7 p.m. The topics will be whatever those who gather want or need to discuss. We expect - at the least - some fun and interesting conversations. Come join in!

Signed: Sonja White, president; Happy Jones, secretary/treasurer; Dr. Phyllis Betts, Lila Beth Burke, Dr. Carol Danehower, Charlotte Wilson Hoyle, Dr. Glenda Moses, Dr. Owen Phillips, Janet Shipman, Linda Williams, Jocie Wurzburg, directors.

Walk to raise DV awareness returns to Broad

The fourth annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes™ domestic violence awareness event and fundraiser is coming soon. The one-mile march — including men who dare walking in women’s high-heeled shoes! — returns to Broad Avenue April 19 where it once more is a sanctioned event at the Broad Avenue Spring Art Walk.

Men and women are invited to come and take part in this fun event. Registration begins at 5:30 at the music stage, on the north side of Broad Avenue. The walk is a mile around the district.

Read more.

Women’s Council sponsors
national program on WKNO-TV

If you missed it, you still can see our sponsorship spot that ran at the beginning of the WKNO show, “MAKERS: Women Who Make America” to be rerun in the near future.

Here’s our spot:

Women’s Council achieves important change

Based on news reports and our conversations with City Council leadership the renaming parks committee will be enlarged to add women! We celebrate success on behalf of all local women.

Our thanks to the Council members for their quick response and to all of you who added your comments. Also our thanks to all who support the Women’s Council so that we are here to undertake this kind of action.

See news media reports here:

Renamed Memphis Parks Inspire New Controversy, Commercial Appeal, February 21, 2013

Park Renaming Committee Announced, WMC TV, February 2013

Time to Celebrate other women

AND --- make your reservations now for Women of Achievement when we gather to celebrate women’s history and the astonishing local women who make things happen!

Sunday, March 3
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn University
3700 Central Avenue

Please come! Visit www.womenofachievement.org for ticket information.

Media Coverage of October 25th "Violence at Home; Victims at Work" conference

News Channel 3 Video:

MyFox Memphis video:

10/25/2012 Commercial Appeal article: Workshop urges Memphis-area employers to join struggle against domestic violence.


At the recent 2012 Economic Summit for Women in Nashville, MAWC Executive Director Deborah M. Clubb and Dr. Carol Danehower, University of Memphis professor, met with national icon Lilly Ledbetter. In the photograph, from left: Ms. Clubb, who serves as a member of the state Women's Economic Council Foundation board; Ms. Ledbetter, author, advocate and namesake of the game-changing Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 2009, and Dr. Danehower, Fogelman College of Business and Economics associate professor and immediate past chair of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women.

Exec. Dir. Clubb interviewed about rape and DNA

Study Shows Life More Costly for Women



Past Events and News




Offering support for women's issues in Memphis and Shelby County.
Offering support for women's issues in Memphis and Shelby County.
Business and employers confront Domestic Violence.
DV workplace booklet

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