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When it comes to women's rights, Ena Bacquie is an unabashed activist. She believes that groups of women, all working together, have much more power than women working alone. Activism can take many forms, according to Ena Bacquie, and almost anyone can get involved and make a difference for abused women.
Activism is important. "I was in an abusive relationship many years ago," Ena Bacquie says, "So I know the challenges that abused women face. It can be tough to break out of these relationships if you don't think your community is supporting you. Activism looks a lot like support."
Ena Bacquie has organized group meetings, where women who have been impacted by domestic violence can get together and share ideas. Some women in these groups are currently being victimized, but aren't sure how to escape. Other women in these groups know someone who is being victimized, but they aren't sure how to help. "These group sessions are very helpful, because women can get together and share ideas and support one another," Ena Bacquie says. "Some women get energized at these meetings, and they want to do more to solve the problem on a larger scale."
When women write letters to their local leaders, pushing for domestic violence prevention funds, they can force changes that could help many women. "Taking steps to force big changes is always admirable," Ena Bacquie says. "If we all work together to push for change, we'll have more impact than if we are all working alone." But even making small changes in your life could be considered a sort of activism. "Talking about domestic violence can be transformative," Ena Bacquie says. "People don't like to talk about the issue, so it gets buried. For women who are being abused, this can seem like a sort of tacit approval." Speaking out against derogative statements about women, and calling the police anytime you see domestic violence occurring, could also be helpful steps. "Just being aware and stepping in when you see something inappropriate is a sort of activism in itself," Ena Bacquie says. "Just don't tolerate this sort of behavior in your presence. I know I don't."