Dr. Mostov Receives the 2017 Woman of the Year Award from Women Against Abuse (WAA)
March 29, 2017
Dr. Julie Mostov, Senior Vice Provost for Global Initiatives at Drexel University received Women Against Abuse’s Woman of the Year award at the 2017 annual Dish It Up fundraiser, in the presence of approximately 500 attendees and Drexel University colleagues, including Vice Chair of the Board, Stan Silverman, and Deans Donna DeCarolis, Donna Murasko, and Allen Sabinson.
WAA, a nonprofit organization in Philadelphia, is the largest such institution in Pennsylvania dedicated to providing quality, compassionate, and nonjudgmental services to survivors of domestic violence, in a manner that fosters self-respect and independence in the people it serves.
WAA is a known leader in efforts to end intimate partner violence, working for over 40 years alongside with sister agencies, the legal system, courts, community groups, and government offices to promote systems change, effective policies, responsive services, and educational outreach.
WAA operates two safe havens providing shelter to survivors of abuse and their children, a 24-hour hotline, a Legal Center, a Safe-at-Home program, education and outreach programs, and transitional housing, all designed to provide needed services and opportunities for women and children to live their lives free of violence.
Dr. Mostov has been a part of the organization for 30 years. She began as a volunteer, serving on the board for many years, focusing on agency growth and development and strategic planning and was president of the board four times.
In her acceptance speech, Dr. Mostov talked about the core values guiding both her academic research and commitment to Women Against Abuse, such as, “the equal worth of persons and the right of all people to live with dignity.”
”Women Against Abuse shares these core values and has been a tireless advocate in creating the conditions in which all people can live with dignity,” Dr. Mostov said. This is why its work has been so important to me.
Dr. Mostov also addressed the organization’s important focus on systems change. Providing services and creating greater awareness is extremely important, but she added, if the organization really wants to make a difference, it needs to lead as an agent of systemic change together with partners in government, human services, behavioral health, law enforcement, and education.
“It’s critical that we build a model in which all of the city systems coordinate their services in preventing and responding to violence, working together to make a real difference in people’s lives” Dr. Mostov said.
The evening was not only a celebration for the organization and its supporters and friends, but also a cooking competition. Female chefs from across Philadelphia prepared small signature dishes; two awards were presented at the end of the night – one for best dish, and one for best dessert. Go to www.womenagainstabuse.org to see the results!
Dr. Mostov expressed her gratitude to all the people who were present that night who came to show their support and to sport their purple clothing in honor of the struggle to end domestic violence.