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Women In Distress Raises More Then $100,000 at its’ 5th Annual Women’s Empowerment Forum, “The Role of Healthcare in Empowering Women”
Women In Distress of Broward County, Inc. held its 5th Annual Women’s Empowerment Forum on Wednesday, January 25th at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s forum focused on the role of healthcare in empowering women, with a special focus on the intersection of healthcare and domestic violence. Martica Lopez, one of South Florida’s brightest radio personalities and a champion for victims of domestic violence, moderated the dynamic panel of local healthcare providers and community leaders moving the needle on empowering women through healthcare. The evening was powerful, moving, and informative, and the audience was empowered to ask the tough questions and get the information they need to help victims of domestic violence. The event ended with the audience standing and cheering on a former WID domestic violence survivor, and now author of a beautiful book, Life After Brokenness, Cher Gordon, who after years of abuse and anguish, left her abuser. She not only had the courage to leave and then tell her story, but for the first time in years, she empowered herself to buy and wear a skirt, a choice that was previously taken away from her by her abuser, and a choice she took back!
In addition to providing thought provoking discussion on healthcare’s role in identifying and treating domestic violence, the Women’s Empowerment Forum also raises awareness for Women In Distress’ capability to provide and empower domestic violence survivors to seek the healthcare they need. The event raised more than $100,00, which will help provide free safe shelter and critical services including healthcare visits to women, children, and men who are fleeing abusive homes.
The healthcare panel featured clinicians who have deep professional experience related to the healthcare needs of victims of domestic violence.
Major event sponsors included: JM Family Enterprises, UKG, The Thomas Family Foundation and Lisa Faina Allstate. Other sponsors included: Memorial Healthcare System, NSU, Power Avionics and Accessories, Spirit Charitable Foundation, Linda Garrett, The Kelsey Group, and Transcarent.
We want to thank our emcee, our panelists, our survivor, and all the amazing supporters!
If you would like to support our survivor and speaker, Cher Gordon, you can purchase her book, “Life After Brokenness” on Amazon. Click here.