History and Mission
Maryland WOCN was founded on October 4, 2000, to be an advocate in communities of color for victims of sexual violence, and to provide insight and guidance to the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault on issues of sexual violence that impact women of color. Since its inception, the Maryland WOCN has actively worked toward breaking down barriers to service delivery and influencing meaningful change at all levels for women of color by providing workshops, participating in community activities, and researching the best practices that support women of color who are survivors of sexual violence.
Participation in Maryland WOCN is open to women with professional experience in victim services and to women from the community who are interested in promoting improvement of services and assistance to victims of sexual violence.
Maryland WOCN hosts meetings for its general body, which features various training, technical assistance, and informational topics. There is no fee to join Maryland WOCN. However, we do ask that you self-identify as a woman of color or an allied professional or member of the community.
The general body monthly meeting for Maryland WOCN is held every second Friday from 10am-12pm.
The 2021 Annual Maryland Women of Color Network Conference will be held virtually on Friday, November 19th.
The title and theme of this year's conference is Truth, Transformation, and Healing: Supporting Survivors & Rebuilding Our Communities. Learn more and register.
In November 2020, we hosted our 15th Annual Maryland Women of Color Network Conference virtually via Zoom. The theme was Bold & Courageous: Strengthening Community Connections to End Sexual Violence. Our keynote speakers were Dr. Tricia B. Bent-Goodley and Dr. Vanessa Guyton, and our workshop presenters were Lisa Conners, Jasmine Morales, and Dr. Durryle Brooks. You can watch Dr. Bent-Goodley's keynote address below.