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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.

 K.A.W.S. approaches these aspects by increasing community awareness and education, safety prevention, trainings including empowerment and societal sensitivity and deconditioning,  and active culture change.  The task force works in close collaboration with Ashland Police Department, Jackson County Sexual Assault Response Team, Community Works Advocacy,  and more.  Validation for the need of our presence continues to expand exponentially.  More key leaders and those in public office are becoming attuned to the need for action in areas that K.A.W.S. has begun to fulfill.  We have accomplished several big projects already in our first year.  See more detail about this in our About Us and Taking Action sections on this website.

This task force is founded and chaired by Alaya Ketani CHT CFT CPC, Executive Director.  Alaya works with great passion to enlist cooperation and create significant change to ensure the civil rights of all who identify as Women inclusively, to decrease discrimination, and to empower Women and girls internationally through this task force and in her private practice.  Empowering Girls and Women is her primary passion and she invites full participation from the community in igniting this task force to accomplish it’s work.  She is a true optimist and believes all things are possible.  This has been evidenced in her life having arisen through catastrophic circumstances when others felt it was impossible.  She is authentically grateful for the opportunity to serve.   Read more about Alaya in the From Our Founder page on this website. 


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

Hot Projects, Upcoming Events

K.A.W.S. is distributing personal pocket sirens with lights.  These are intended to be a deterrent in perceived threatening circumstances with others including aggressive dogs.  Women are sharing with K.A.W.S their experiences of being followed, aggressively harassed and bitten by dogs.  These sirens have become greatly popular with the community.  Watch for posts on our facebook page for when those orders come in.  There are normally weekly regular pickup times and dates that you will receive when you email us following your purchase.

Please remember that we are solely supported by 501c3 donations and appreciate all forms of support in dollars, time and energy.  

See the subtab under the “Taking Action” page:”
 Tools for Risk Reduction. 

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.  ,