Task Force Women of Color Task Force
Women of Color Task Force
Mission/Purpose: The task force is a mechanism for identification and development of sisterhood among women of color involved in domestic and sexual violence work throughout the state of Michigan. We work to encourage leadership and to empower women of color through professional development and enhanced training opportunities. The Women of Color Task Force (WOCTF) strives to improve services affecting all survivors of domestic and sexual violence in communities of color.
The MCEDSV WOCTF is recognized throughout the state of Michigan and the nation as a leader in organizing and cultivating the leadership within underrepresented groups in the fields of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Task Force has a membership of over 150 women and is among the best organized and most influential in the nation. Michigan WOCTF leaders are often asked to speak to other states that have plans to build the capacity of their Task Forces.
An important element of the WOCTF is coaching and mentoring of developing women of color leaders in Michigan. The WOCTF has utilized its informal leadership development structure to build future women of color leaders and to develop leaders from underrepresented groups. A significant example of the work and leadership of the WOCTF is their annual leadership institute. For nearly 20 years, Task Force members have planned and implemented the institute which draws women of color from Michigan and throughout the United States, giving participants a safe place to renew and grow as movement activists. In addition to the annual leadership institute, members of the Task Force have also taken initiative to develop and implement innovative training on topics relevant to communities of color, including "Hip-Hop and Violence Against Women."