Women's Issues

Women’s Issues
There are many organizations in the Chapel Hill/ Durham area that support women and their needs. From health care to crisis management…there are many resources available to women who need assistance, want to volunteer and/or want to financially support these worthy organizations efforts.


Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina – Provides sexual and reproductive health care services and information in their Chapel Hill and Durham offices.

IPAS - Ipas is a nonprofit organization that works globally to increase women's ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights, and to reduce abortion-related deaths and injuries.

Diabetes Sister - DiabetesSisters is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the health and quality of life of women with diabetes, and to advocate on their behalf.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure – Is a national charity with a local office. Their promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures in research, education and health services.

Crisis Management

Orange County Rape Crisis Center - Services are confidential and include: a 24-hour crisis intervention service that provides support and assistance to survivors of sexual assault, their families, and friends; information and referrals concerning the law enforcement, medical, and legal processes; support groups and individual counseling for sexual assault and child sexual abuse survivors; programs on sexual assault awareness and prevention.

Durham Crisis Response CenterOffers comprehensive shelter and support services in the Durham area, providing counseling, legal advocacy, support groups, and shelter to survivors and their families in the aftermath of domestic or sexual violence. DCRC also offers prevention workshops and training to schools, faith-based organizations, the general public and professionals throughout the Triangle.

Support & Education

SWOOP (Strong Women Organizing Outrageous Projects) - Provides community service through short-term labor and support to meet otherwise insurmountable community needs in a spirit of cooperative sisterhood.

The Women’s Center – Provides legal services, career programs, financial counseling, home ownership programming, adolescent programs, workshops & groups and resources and referrals.

Resource Center for Women in Ministry in the South - Weaves feminism and spirituality into a vision of justice for the world. They sponsor workshops, conferences, and retreats on women and religion, equal rights, justice for women, economic development, and violence against women and children.

Organizations and Programs for Girls

Girls on the Run – Through a combination ofrunning, lessons and a community service project, girls are taught values that lead to a confident sense of self; outside the "girl box." The 12-week program culminates with the girls' participation in a non-competitive 1 or 3.1 mile walk/run event.

Girls Rock - Runs programs that encourage girls to be confident, creative members of their communities. Girls make bands, have workshops in teamwork, body confidence, zine-making, DIY clothing, recording, Tech Talk, songwriting and more, and are supported as they speak up and share their experiences as girls.

The Women’s Center – Offers two specific programs for adolescent girls. Teens Climb High (TCH) is an empowerment program for middle school girls from low-income families in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. TCH provides participants with comprehensive support to make positive life choices and avoid teen pregnancy. The MAGIC program offers training and educational resources to promote adult-teen communication about media and sexuality, so that young people can learn to independently analyze media messages and develop healthy media habits.