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Call for Workshop Proposals: 13th WOMEN ARE SACRED CONFERENCE

June 26-28, 2018 | Albuquerque, NM

"Resilience:  Walking in Ancestral Footprints, Carrying Our Medicine"



Conference Overview

Woman are Sacred (WAS) is one of the earliest and largest gatherings of tribal domestic violence programs, advocates, survivors, tribal community members and tribal leadership, law enforcement and tribal court personnel dedicated to ending violence against Indian women and children.  WAS provides tremendous training opportunities by established and emerging Indigenous leaders and experts in the movement to end the violence.  WAS consists of trainings, presentations, workshops and key note addresses on various topics focused on increasing the capacity of tribal nations, tribal domestic violence programs and tribal community-based programs to provide culturally appropriate services including intervention and prevention strategies. We expect around 300 participants for this event.

This year's theme "Resilience: Walking in Ancestral Footprints, Carrying Our Medicine" is about who we are as Indigenous peoples and our journey-where we came from and where we are going. It speaks to the many different directions and cultures we come from, what was taken from us, what was lost along the way. We survived, calling upon the cultural strength, resilience and Indigenous knowledge we carry with us into the future: our medicine.  It speaks to the deep cultural roots we come from and the deep roots we need in our movement to lead in social change in ending the violence across all relations. With deep roots, we cannot be washed away.  Let us all walk together on this journey!


Topic Areas

Proposals should address topic areas in any of the three categories: practice, policy and research.  We welcome topics that address:

  • Strategies to address or respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, sex trafficking and murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls
  • Intersections of domestic violence, mental health and substance abuse
  • Child welfare and domestic violence challenges and practices
  • Housing and shelter development
  • Cultural and Trauma-informed approaches
  • Economic empowerment, public benefits and domestic violence collaborations
  • Incorporating Indigenous solutions or practices in addressing domestic violence
  • Identification of key issues and how they are being addressed across our Nations, villages and communities
  • Research practices
  • Program evaluation
  • Policy development, including VAWA 2018


Selection Criteria for Workshops will include:

  • Relevance to tribal Nations, Alaska Native villages, Indian communities and tribal domestic violence programs and shelters
  • Complements conference theme and description
  • Presenters' expertise in working with Native American communities
  • Encourages interdisciplinary coordination and cooperation
  • Highlights Indigenous practices
  • Introduces innovative strategies
  • Honors, supports, and demonstrates clear connection to victims/survivors of domestic violence
  • Meets 90-minute workshop timeframe

Submit Proposal

Deadline:    January 19, 2018

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