Ashland is a beautiful city with bright, progressive active Women and Men who are involved in the wonderful lifestyle Ashland offers. Many of us are innovators, entrepreneurs and change makers. This is why when Keeping Ashland Women Safe’s Founder, Alaya Ketani decided to initiate a task force to address the violence against Women and increasing feelings of lack of safety that she knew collaboration and significant action would begin. Our Founder knows that all things are possible and set about the formation of K.A.W.S., and significant change has begun! K.A.W.S. is creating significant impact as the community of Ashland takes a stand against Violence and for Women’s safety, equality and empowerment.
K.A.W.S. is a task force comprised of concerned citizens who have come together to increase the awareness the realty of this violence and harassment in many forms, to influence legislature and the systems of plea bargaining, sentencing and terms, safety in the physical layout of areas in Ashland, freedom from harassment, stalking, sexual assault, rape and all violence, feelings of danger and all hindrances to equality and empowerment.
The mission of K.A.W.S. is to provide a platform for ongoing community awareness and action to create a template for culture change so that Ashland holds a no tolerance climate. This means the message “Not In My City” is loud and clear regarding violence against Women. This is viewed as a multi-pronged significant presence that requires both Women and Men to become involved in societal/cultural programming, accountability and consequences, legislation and budgeting, lack of reporting, misalignment with consent, and individual/community responsibility. K.A.W.S. truly stands for Keeping All Women Safe, Strong, and SuperPowered.
We are an Incorporated Registered 501c3 Nonprofit Organization, Ashland’s community task force and can only continue with participation and collaboration from the community as well as tax deductible donations. Please “Like” and follow our events, announcements and needs by checking back on this website and by clicking this link on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KeepingAshlandWomenSafe/Alaya is available to visit your organization to speak about the mission and action of K.A.W.S
Self Defense and
Empowerment Training Coming!
May 22nd, 6:30pm-9:00pm &
May 23rd, 9am-5:00pm
Ashland Hills Hotel
2525 Ashland Street
Ashland, Oregon 97520
This event is open to Women/Girls and Trans Women/Girls
Volunteers Needed, Free Entry
(Email for application)
- Gain the skills and empowerment for protecting yourself in threatening circumstances
- Find your voice, grounding, and empowerment
- Increase situational awareness and gain safety assessment skills
- Explore how to identify trustworthiness of an individual
- Practice physical defense for freedom
Our Trainer: Karin Pedersen, Martial Artist, Energy Coach, Women’s Empowerment Trainer
- Energetic coach to world champion professional tennis player Martina Navratilova
- Two-time Graduate of Model Mugging, a program dedicated to teaching women physical, emotional and mental skills to gain freedom from attack
- Lifetime Practitioner of Aikido and Karate
- Mentored with Aikido Master Tom Crum for 15 years
- Mentored with Carlos Castaneda and the women of the Toltec for 2 years
- Mentored with Sente’ Center for 20 years
Tickets available NOW. Early Bird pricing through May 1, 2020.
Four Partial or Full Scholarships will be given
(Email for application)
Thank you to our generous sponsors!
News and Accomplishments
Here is one example of many powerful ways that Keeping Ashland Women Safe Task Force is working in and in collaboration with our community to help Women be more safe, and it’s far reaching effects.
We express our appreciation to Jim Teece, Owner of Ashland Home Net, for his response to the task force’s request for photo identification of all in-home service technicians. It’s important that all in-home service people have appropriate identification that Women (and all) may verify with the home office whenever service people are coming into their house.
His fantastic expanded system includes two pieces of photo identification and an email prior to the service call. He likes it so well that he plans to use this as a template for other businesses and areas. This fulfills the mission of K.A.W.S. so well in that it translates to a wider circle. Keeping Ashland Women Safe also stands for Keeping All Women Safe.
We are also grateful for the collaboration with others who have become Sponsors for our first big fundraising holiday anniversary party December 13th at Standing Stone Brewing Company.
Our utmost appreciation Jim Teece and Ashland Home Net for joining K.A.W.S. in taking a stand
for Women’s safety. ,