PASCO COUNTY NOW (National Organization for Women)

Chapter Number FL 0365

Pasco County 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.


From the President - Elaine Togneri

Valentine’s Day turns feminist thoughts to V-day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls created by Eve Ensler, playwright of The Vagina Monologues. Going to see this play could be a fun, social event and great experience for members who are interested. USF is supposed to be putting it on. I’m trying to get information on when, where, how much and will let you know what I find out.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most important issues we face. It spans cultures, countries, religions, economic status, and ethnicities. High profile cases in the NFL over the past year resulted in NOW President Terri O’Neil calling for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s resignation because of the league’s poor handling of these issues. To counter the bad PR, the NFL decided to sponsor a commercial campaign against Domestic Violence. A coalition called “No More” created a series of ads that aired as public service announcements. What effect they will have on abusers is unknown, but the NFL’s $5 million donation per year for the next five years to the National Domestic Violence Hotline is very much needed. Seeing Ray Rice punch out his fiancé has spiked calls to the hotline. At least the abused are reaching out for help.

What can we do? Support Sunrise of Pasco, Inc. a non-religious domestic violence and sexual assault center by donations, volunteering, and shopping at their thrift store. Speak up to stop situations heading toward violence or sexual assault. Provide a safe place for someone to confide. Refer at risk individuals to local resources. Work to remove violence from our world. Speak out for justice.

In SIsterhood,

Elaine Togneri 

Quote of the Month for Feb.

'Respect women, their bodies, their decision, their opinions."

 Elaine Togneri 

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