Our National Philanthropy
The National Philanthropy of Sigma Psi Zeta is to combat the violence against women in its varied forms. This includes, but is not by any means limited to, the following: rape, incest, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, exploitation, the trafficking of women and children, the abuse of migrant workers, intimidation at work, child abuse, harassment, and spousal abuse. Any kind of physical, emotional or mental duress constitutes violence.
To accomplish this, sisters:
- Volunteer at domestic violence shelters
- Volunteer at local women’s centers
- Sponsor or attend conferences and meetings that empower women’s rights
- Lend support to women that need this specific type support and seek help for them
- Help to stop violations against female refugees and asylum-seekers
- Advocate for political causes that affect such demographics
- Attend and host self-defense workshops and classes
- Collaborate artistically and educationally with other women-of-color
- Donate proceeds of activities to organizations that support this same cause
- Organize collection drives and secure in-kind donations for local charities and domestic violence shelters
By adopting this ethic within our sorority, we immediately become involved in a demographic that we seek to advocate for…one of the Asian Female. Historically oppressed by tradition and objectified in the eyes of the contemporary media to be physically powerless, emotionally isolated, and mentally voiceless. We encourage and empower ourselves as undergraduates and alumnae of institutions of higher education. Attacks are likely to happen at universities and colleges all across the nation.
Violence affects the lives of millions of women worldwide, in all socio-economic and educational classes. It cuts across cultural and religious barriers, impeding the right of women to participate fully in society. Violence against women takes a dismaying variety of forms, and constitutes a violation of basic human rights.
The sisters of Sigma Psi Zeta stand united behind our philanthropy, on both an organizational and individual level.
Every October, our sisters take part in Domestic Violence Awareness Month to remember the victims of domestic violence, to applaud the survivors of domestic violence, and to educate the unaware. Being that Sigma Psi Zeta’s national philanthropy is to combat the violence against women, we work hard to bring to the UVa community events that aim to increase individual awareness to the issue of domestic violence and to honor those who have gone through the hardship. An event we hold annually is the Purple Ribbon Project, for which we pass out purple ribbons with fact sheets to let people know how common domestic abuse occurs. We have also held Stand Up, a competition in which performers incorporated domestic violence in their performances. Over the past 2 years, Chong Kim, a Korean-American survivor of sex trafficking and child sex exploitation, has also come and spoken about her life experiences in the human trafficking industry. Through such varied forms of events, we hope to educate the community about the perils of domestic violence and spread further awareness of the issue.