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On Saturday, March 15, 2014, the University of California at Berkeley’s Women of Color Initiative and the Graduate Assembly will host the 29th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference (EWOCC). This year’s theme, “Talking Back! Voices Overcoming Violence” seeks to honor a multiplicity of women’s experiences around the survival of physical, emotion and spiritual violence against ourselves and our communities. As women of color, our journeys are marked by stretches of struggle and moments of victory. We seek to create a space where survivors of violence across generations can share their stories with a supportive community of artists, activists, scholars dedicated to dismantling the systems that oppress us.
EWOCC engages the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of survival in order to sustain our lives as individuals and communities. It is a place to learn and collaborate, as we challenge one another to resist and dismantle the systems that oppress us. We build with ancestral ways of working that are attentive to the politics of liberation, decolonization, and healing.
EWOCC is a call to action! We invite people of all ages, abilities, socioeconomic and immigration statuses, sexualities, religions and cultural backgrounds to contribute to the day’s events, as we aim to give activists the means to develop new strategies to address current struggles on our own terms.
EWOCC is the nation’s oldest and largest women of color conference. We strive to build networks across generations, ethnic and racial groups, sexualities, and socioeconomic levels by providing a forum to explore the individual and collective capacities of women, which are often underestimated. With a space for dialogue, we know that women of color can work together to enrich lives in our community, home, academic, and professional worlds.