“Listen, Believe, Support” – Wanda Edwards
Not Just October, A Stage Play
I. Am. Still. Here.; four simple words that carry the weight of a story that is still unfolding, a journey still being traveled and a destiny still being walked out.
She was referred to as “the repairer of the breech” by her former Pastor. Wanda began the first Volunteer Ministry for Women in crisis transition at her church in 2005, shortly after, she became a licensed minister.
Wanda made a transition to Arizona, where she started a non-profit called A Walk In Her Shoes which focused on ministering to victims and survivors of Domestic Violence. Wanda also became a Certified Domestic Violence Advocate during that time. She has said that “becoming an advocate against Domestic Violence was not an actual decision. It was something that evolved as a result of me trying to find my way back to me. Wanda realized there was power and healing in sharing her story with others.
Wanda has spoken on radio talk shows in New Jersey, Texas, New York and Arizona promoting the importance of Domestic Violence awareness. While in Arizona she was the Keynote Speaker at the Mesa Community College annual Candlelight Vigil in 2014 and facilitated 2 Workshops at their Women Rising Empowerment Day in 2015.
She continues to facilitate powerful and relevant seminars and workshops for women and young girls. In 2017, she was the recipient of the Phoenix Award for her “strength, courage and resiliency”, presented by Harambe Services Inc. In May of 2018 Wanda was honored at the annual S.O.F.I.A Walking in Purpose Gala for her “outstanding work and dedication”.
Wanda is the producer of the film “Colors of Survival” which premiered in October 2016, the film reflects on the very harsh realities of domestic violence but is focused on the HOPE of surviving.
“There is freedom in walking in your truth.”- Wanda
Wanda’s expertise and experience has helped in her growth. Ways that she was able become successful she shares with me, “By overcoming obstacles and always trying to present my authentic self. I was a Corporate trainer and I learned a lot about public speaking, learning theories and developing curriculum these things have helped me to deliver motivating speeches and have a greater understanding of people. I understand that generally we react or respond to situations based on personal experience. This is helpful when speaking to victims and their families, co-workers etc because every situation is different.” Continue to learn as you grow and use those Experiences to help the next is the agreement we found to be consistent this case.
“Not Just October” is the sequel that focuses on the need for continued discussion around the harsh and sometimes fatal effects of Domestic Violence.
She volunteers with S.O.F.I.A , a New Jersey non-profit Domestic Violence Awareness organization and is a member of Arizona, New Jersey and National Coalitions against Domestic Violence.
Her greatest joy is her children and grandchildren whom she lovingly refers to as her “3Squared”. “I am a survivor of Domestic Violence and a certified Domestic Violence Awareness advocate. As a way to promote DV awareness I produced a short film “ Colors of Survival” and a stage play “ Not Just October” .. our motto is Listen Believe Support”
Changing the narrative, “The origins and wounds are deep. I try create spaces where people can not only speak their truth but understand how they got there. You can’t change the narrative before you accept and believe that something needs to change. Education is key with both DV and Mental Illness.” Wanda
May 25, 2019 at the Treehouse Studios in Atlanta Panelist on the Crazy Like A Fox BlackMental Health Awareness Tour.
Not Just October FB Live!
Interviews where I interview survivors, advocates, community leaders live on FB about Domestic Violence. I will then be preparing for our fall performances.