York’s Outreach Club (formerly known as the Same Sky on Campus Club) spent the weekend knee deep in women’s rights. With March being nationally recognized as Women’s History Month and March 8 known across the world as International Women’s Day, these last few days have held great significance for the fairer sex in New York City. On Saturday, March 5, the Outreach Club joined the UN Women for Peace Association’s 4th annual #IWALK4WOMEN march and rally to bring attention to violence against women around the world.
As a club, Outreach is involved with a variety of issues that are carefully chosen by a consensus of the club’s members. Outreach then approaches these matters in several ways such as fundraising and volunteering. For example, Outreach was recently able to volunteer at the New York Rescue Mission Soup Kitchen where over 300 homeless people were fed. Obviously, the Outreach Club jumps at the opportunity to join the world’s largest march to end violence against women.
At the UN Women for Peace march, Outreach was able to help spread awareness with hundreds of people from all over the world also fighting to end violence against women. Speakers at the event included UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon, UNWFPA patron Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, music artist and actress Kat Graham, Commanding Officer of NYPD Domestic Violence Unit Deputy Chief Juanita Holmes, and many others.
According to club member and senior Kayla Gartenberg, “Outreach hopes to continue tackling many issues, such as violence against women and many more, in the future.” For instance, the club has previously encouraged the entire school to participate in fundraising for the issue of gender equality by sporting t-shirts to support Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.