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A Call to Action, Part 1

We went across the state asking people what they believe needs to be done to help make Illinois a safer state for all women and girls. Our first-year report has 100 ways for everyone in Illinois to take action. Everyone in the state can do at least one of these action steps today and start changing the culture that allows this violence to be normal.

NEW: Our full report on the initiative wraps up the work of our yearlong effort and has a history of the violence prevention movement.

"What Will It Take?" public awareness campaign

Violence in Language, Art and Culture:
Images to die for?

(Sept. 11) The 22nd Annual Symposium focused on violence against women in media and art. Panelist Mark Anthony Neal talked about R&B star R. Kelly's child pornography charges and blogged about domestic violence at VIBE magazine's website.


Stories of Hope and Survival

(May 3) "Portraits" was an uplifting and moving one-time-only artistic performance of stories, poems and dance that addressed violence against all women and girls. Read the script and see photos from the event... 

Race for a Safe State:
A 5K Run, Walk and Roll

(May 10) The Race for a Safe State helped bring the question “What Will It Take?” to public attention and to an important group—active women, men and children. And we asked the question in an important place—the park, a place where too many women and girls do not feel safe. We hope you will join us for next year's run.


Town Hall series

We hosted Town Hall meetings throughout Illinois to find more answers to "What Will It Take?" Co-sponsored by local community organizations, each Town Hall opens with performances by neighborhood artists and features experts who help set up a discussion on local issues about violence against all women and girls.

Jill Scott shows that "Music Matters"

(June 8) Jill Scott moved a crowd of more than 2,800 people to their feet at Thursday night’s “Music Matters Concert: Singers and Songwriters Unite Against Violence,” a benefit show for Chicago Foundation for Women’s “What Will It Take?” anti-violence initiative. Read more...


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