Through advocacy and philanthropy, the Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga champions a just and safe society for women. To that end, WFGC hosted Cindy Dyer, a former specialized domestic and sexual violence prosecutor internationally recognized for her work on gender-based violence as the keynote speaker for the Voices 2016 luncheon at Stratton Hall.
Ms. Dyer served as the director of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, a position she was appointed to by President George W. Bush. In her current role as vice president of the Human Rights team at non-profit organization Vital Voices, Ms. Dyer travels the world implementing programs to effectively address violence against women.
Kelly Fitzgerald, board member of WFGC and Chair of the event said, “We were thrilled to have over 400 guests attend the luncheon this year -- men and women from local schools, universities, law enforcement and government all gathered to engage in collaborative dialogue about changing the course of violence against women. Cindy is internationally recognized for her work in identifying solutions to gender-based violence and, like the WFGC has worked tirelessly to advance communities by making women safe and secure. Our goal is to use our VOICES as a catalyst for change in our community.”
More than $15,000 was raised which will support the advocacy and philanthropy of WFGC including work with its legislative delegation on passage of laws to protect and advance women and children, the Nightingale Network for giving and grant-making, and partnerships with aligned organizations supporting the safety and empowerment of women and girls, said officials.