Category Archives: Women’s Rights

Groups who deal with advocacy for women’s rights, sexual abuse, battered women, etc.

Go Girl Go! Chicago

  Go Girl Go! Chicago  
  GoGirlGo! Chicago is an initiative launched by the Women’s Sports Foundation in conjunction with the Chicago Foundation for Women to increase the physical activity of Chicago girls, create sustainable girls’ sports programming and execute a model public education campaign on the importance of getting girls moving. Our goal is to get 100,000 sedentary Chicago girls in the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will active and involved in physical activities over the next three years, as well as keep 100,000 already active girls playing sports. GoGirlGo! includes four key components: Education and awareness campaign – A free, curriculum-based educational program created for girls, coaches and parents to reinforce positive behaviors and educate one million currently active girls about the dangers of inactivity and negative habits that affect health Community-based activation – GoGirlGo! Week and public information campaigns will be conducted in pilot communities where active adults and girls bring inactive girls to free “open houses” (GoGirlGo! Centers) to introduce them to various activity programs. Pilot communities currently include Atlanta, Chicago and Boston. Peer-to-peer and adult-to-youth mentoring – High school athletes and active adults are asked to pledge support to help get one million girls physically active one girl at a time. Go to to make your pledge and we’ll show you how! Grant Program – $2.6 million will be earmarked to enable new sport and physical activity opportunities to be offered to economically disadvantaged and underserved girls and expand programs to accommodate recruited inactive girls.  
Address:  3725 N. Western Ave
  Chicago, IL 60618
Contact:  Val Bushey
Phone:  773-478-8839

Chicago Foundation for Women

One of the largest women’s funds in the world, Chicago Foundation for Women believes that all women and girls in the Chicago metropolitan area should have the opportunity to achieve their potential and to live in safe, just and healthy communities. We support the achievement of social justice through grantmaking and advocacy.Since 1986, Chicago Foundation for Women has impacted social justice through advocacy, leadership development, and public and grantee education. In addition, we have awarded more than 2,300 grants totaling $13 million to hundreds of organizations that make life better for women and girls.

Our work is rooted in three principles of women’s human rights: economic security; freedom from violence; and access to health services. Our core values include diversity, accessibility and choice. We are part of a global women’s movement that is rooted in a commitment to justice and an appreciation of the value of a gender lens. For every issue on the national agenda—from violence to health care—there is a major dimension specific to women. There are few community problems that can be resolved without programs and strategies that specifically address the needs of women and children. Women’s issues involve the entire community. When a woman is given an opportunity, an entire family can benefit. Website: Chicago Foundation for Women
One East Wacker Drive
Suite 1620
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 577-2801
Fax: (312) 577-2802
TTY: (312) 577-2803

Chicago Metropolitian Battered Women’s Network

The Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network (CMBWN) is a collaborative membership organization that improves the lives of battered women, their children, and others impacted by domestic violence by leading public policy and advocacy efforts; providing education and raising public awareness; and connecting members of the community to direct service providers. The Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network (CMBWN) works toward a future where domestic violence and oppression are eradicated and where women and children are safe in their homes.

The CMBWN believes in a woman’s right to self determination in all a The CMBWN believes in a woman’s right to self determination in all aspects of her life, and that living free from violence is a basic human right. We believe that violence against women is a violation of these rights, and is rooted in a societal imbalance of power and control. We use our collective voice to ensure that, in the face of this violence, every community provides safe, confidential and accessible services for battered women and their children. Our collaborative work to end violence against women is an integral part of a broader social justice movement against discrimination and oppression.


Contact: Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network

203 N. Wabash Ste. 2323 Chicago IL 60601
Phone: (312)750-0730 Fax: (312)750-0733 TTY: (312)750-0735


Between Friends

Between Friends is a nonprofit agency dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and abuse by providing education, support, counseling, and advocacy services. Between Friends work with individuals, families, and communities to create awareness about domestic violence and abuse and to reduce its prevalence and impact.

Between Friends provides comprehensive services for women and children affected by domestic violence, and prevention and education programs for teens and adults in the community.

Between Friends’ Counseling Program helps women to deal with the trauma of living with abusive relationships, or to heal from past abusive relationships. Counselors encourage women to explore their options and make their own decisions in order to build a safe future for themselves and their children.

Between Friends’ Court Advocacy Program assists women in navigating the legal system to obtain Orders of Protection against their abusers. In addition, our advocates work with local law enforcement and legal professionals to educate them about domestic violence and to provide resources for victims.

Between Friends is committed to providing education within the community to increase awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence, provide resources for witnesses and victims, and to aid in the prevention of domestic violence in future generations.

Between Friends provides customized workshops for teens, healthcare providers, businesses, churches, and community groups to best meet the needs and concerns of each audience.


Contact: Between Friends
(formerly The Friends of Battered Women and Their Children)
P.O. Box 608548, Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773-274-5232 Fax: 773-262-2543


National Organization for Women – Chicago Chapter

National Organization for Women - Chicago Chapter
National Organization for Women – Chicago Chapter
NOW stands for the National Organization for Women. NOW is dedicated to making legal, political, social and economic change in our society in order to achieve our goal, which is to eliminate sexism and end all oppression. The purpose of NOW is to take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men. Since its founding in 1966, NOW’s goal has been “to take action” to bring about equality for all women. Both the actions NOW takes and its position on the issues are often unorthodox, uncompromising and ahead of their time. NOW was established as a major force in the sweeping changes that put more women in political posts; increased educational, employment and business opportunities for women; and enacted tougher laws against violence, harassment and discrimination. NOW’s official priorities are winning economic equality and securing it with an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will guarantee equal rights for women; championing abortion rights, reproductive freedom and other women’s health issues; opposing racism and fighting bigotry against lesbians and gays; and ending violence against women. CHICAGO NOW’s all-volunteer staff takes on several key projects per year, in addition to our community outreach projects, political activities, and political endorsements.
Address: National Organization for Women – Chicago Chapter
  200 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 602
  Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-578-9351

Chicago Women in Trades

Chicago Women in Trades
Chicago Women in Trades
Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT) is celebrating 25 years of supporting, encouraging, and training women in high-skilled, high-wage nontraditional careers. Originally established by tradeswomen as a support network, CWIT addresses the barriers that prohibit women and girls from entering and succeeding in male-dominated industries by creating opportunities and promoting equitable workplaces and conditions.To accomplish these goals CWIT provides support, advocacy, and education to tradeswomen; works to increase training for women and girls to enter nontraditional jobs; provides technical assistance to employers, unions, and other tradeswomen groups; documents trends in the nontraditional workplace; and advocates for improved policies and practices that support women’s access to nontraditional training and jobs, as well as success and safety on the job.Since its founding in 1981,Chicago Women in Trades has grown from a small, all-volunteer networking group into a multi-service organization with three direct service programs, numerous policy initiatives, technical assistance services, and paid staff. Today, CWIT is the only organization in Illinois working consistently on issues concerning equitable employment conditions and policies for women in the trades and other nontraditional occupations and is a leader of this work nationally.
Address: Chicago Women In Trades
  1455 S. Michigan, #210
  Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-942-1444