Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Alpha Gamma Chapter
Violence against women and girls is widespread – one in three women will experience violence during her lifetime, most often at the hands of someone she knows. In Washington, D.C., domestic/family violence homicides, not including child abuse, account for 6 percent of all murders from 2002-2004. In 2005, domestic violence accounted for approximately one-third (27 percent) of all reported violent crime victimizations. In 2005, the Metropolitan Police Department received 27,401 domestic-related crime calls – that is one crime every 19 minutes. These alarming numbers require our action, as individuals and as organizations, to rise and prevent any further violence of this nature to affect our communities.
On March 15, 1989, seventeen women of diverse backgrounds created an organization to empower women to fight against the injustices suffered by our gender. OPBSI’s birth resulted in eminent services throughout our communities, particularly to fight these types of injustices. An example of such services is our annual partnership with V-Day Worldwide Campaign. In 2006, OPBSI, along with community members, organized a benefit production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, consisting of some Spanish adaptation, as part of OPBSI’s V-Day Northern Virginia 2006.
V-Day Northern Virginia 2006 was a huge success. Approximately 1,500 community members were exposed and educated about the movement – to stop violence against women and girls. Each production night brought in 600 in attendance, including males. Through donations, merchandise, and ticket sales $11,747.21 was raised and equally donated to two beneficiaries, the Office On Women- Domestic Violence Program and the Sexual Assault Response Awareness (SARA) Program, to continue their ongoing services to families and victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
To learn more about OPBSI, please visit: http://www.OmegaPhiBeta.org. For more information regarding OPBSI’s involvement in V-Day, please contact VDay@ OmegaPhiBeta.org.