FLINT — The YWCA of Greater Flint will host the 17th annual Circle of Women luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 11:30 a.m. at the Riverfront Banquet Center in downtown Flint.
Philanthropic and community minded individuals from across Genesee County will gather together in support of the YWCA’s mission to empower women.
Recognizing the growing public scrutiny of the commercial sex trade and its intersection with domestic violence and sexual assault, the YWCA of Greater Flint will host this year’s keynote speaker, Rachel Lloyd. Rachel Lloyd is the founder of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS), the nation’s largest provider of services to young women to combat commercial sexual exploitation. Rachel authored Girls Like Us, co-produced the documentary Very Young Girls and she was chosen as one of the “20 Women Changing the World” in 2014 by Marie Claire Magazine for tirelessly advocating for trafficking survivors and the needed legislation to afford them protection. Speaker support provided by a grant from The Community Foundation of Greater Flint.
Through the generous sponsorship by McLaren Regional Medical Center and The Stella & Frederick Loeb Charitable Trust, all funds received at Circle of Women provide direct support for the programs and services of the YWCA, including victim advocacy, crisis counseling, basic needs assistance and SafeHouse, the only emergency shelter for domestic violence victims in Genesee County. — G.G.