The National Philanthropy of Sigma Psi Zeta is to combat violence against women. This includes, but is not limited to, the following forms of mental, emotional, and physical violence: rape, incest, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, exploitation, trafficking of women and children, child abuse, and harassment. Violence affects the lives of millions of women worldwide, in all socioeconomic and educational classes. It cuts across cultural and religious barriers, impeding the right of women to participate fully in society.
As the first Asian Interest sorority to take on this cause, Sigma Psi Zeta hopes to bring awareness of this issue to our universities and communities. Over time, Sigma sisters have built a campaign to help those affected by this tragic violence, to educate the community about the nature of this problem, and to empower our sisters to make a lasting commitment to the issue of violence against women.
what we do
To accomplish our philanthropic goals, sisters:
- Volunteer at domestic violence shelters
- Sponsor or attend conferences and meetings that empower women’s rights
- Lend support to women who need and seek help for them
- Attend and host self-defense workshops and classes
- Collaborate artistically and educationally with other women of color
- Donate proceeds of activities to organizations that support this same cause
the lutheran settlement house
Lutheran Settlement house is the Upsilon Charter’s adopted shelter. Together, we work in close collaboration to further our shared goal of combating the violence against women.
Lutheran Settlement House is one of four domestic violence organizations in Philadelphia that call themselves the DV4. Lutheran offers counseling, advocacy (both medical and judicial), and educational support for abused women and their families. They were also the first organization in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to provide services in Spanish for victims of domestic violence. Lutheran also holds many social events not only to raise awareness, but also to foster a bond between the women they serve, the community, and those who work to help them.