… Fair Anita. (Post discusses sexual violence.)
I met Fair Anita founder Joy McBrien at a a women’s mentorship event that she organized back in April. Nearly 200 women attended and the entire experience was affirming and inspiring. Joy herself was also inspiring. Her passion for creating conversations around and opportunities for women leaders is shines out of her when she speaks, and her dedication to helping women overcome sexual violence is intense.
Joy is very open about her own experiences with sexual violence, and makes it quite clear that her own life events inspire and drive her work. As a student at the U of M business school, she designed and took a self-directed study abroad trip to Chimbote, Peru, a town of nearly 400,000 people, where 80% of the population lives in extreme poverty and 70% of women report having experienced domestic violence. She helped build a battered women’s shelter there, and then realized that helping these women reclaim some of their agency through economic empowerment could be even more valuable.