In 1999, the sisters of SYZ formally adopted our National Philanthropy, to Combat Violence Against Women. Among the first Asian Interest sorority to take on this very worthwhile cause, SYZ hopes to bring awareness to our universities and communities at large of this issue. Sigma sisters have built a campaign to help those affected by this tragic violence, to educate the community about the nature of this problem, and to empower our sisters to make a lasting commitment to the issue of violence against women.
About Our Philanthropy
The National Philanthropy of Sigma Psi Zeta is to combat 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 womens’ 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 DV 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.
To uphold this pledge to combat violence, SYZ National partners with our undergraduate chapters to coordinate a concerted effort to raise awareness and money for this worthwhile cause.
Every October, the undergraduate sisterships take part in Domestic Violence Awareness month. They take part in the Purple Ribbon Campaign, in which they distribute purple ribbons and literature to their campuses to raise awareness of this widespread phenomenon. They also work with their local charity to raise money, and hold at least one other community service event with regard to our National Philanthropy.
Every spring, the sisterships take part in the “Take Back the Night” rally. Often, Sigma sorors will work with other campus groups to support this event. The National Governance and our Alpha Chapter work together to present the Spring Gala on our founding date, in which sisters and friends celebrate the year’s accomplishments and raise funds for the NYAWC.
Sigma Psi Zeta National takes a proactive approach towards Domestic Violence and other acts of violence against women. We have spearheaded an on-going drive to collect cell phones that can be reprogrammed for use by victims of domestic violence, so that they might call for help should need be. We also have an on-going collection drive of self-help books to help build a resource library for the clients of the NYAWC.
If you or your organization would like work to with our sorority, or if you would like to find out more about our National Philanthropy program, please email: philanthropy[AT]sigmapsizeta.org.