BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Many women in the Baton Rouge community gathered for an afternoon full of empowerment.
“Personal power is the ability to stand on your own two feet with a smile on your face in the middle of a room or universe that has a million people trying to crush your spirit,” said State Representative Vanessa Caston LeFleur.
LeFleur was one of a set of speakers during ‘Our Voices’ women empowerment luncheon, hosted by the Butterfly Society, a nonprofit organization that provides resources and services to victims and survivors of domestic violence in the area.
“What is power? I believe it is about standing in the truth of who you are. It’s being comfortable in your skin. I believe it is about standing in the truth of who you are. It’s being comfortable in your skin; it’s being cozy with who you are. It’s loving yourself,” LeFleur told attendees.
The empowerment conversation was part of a series of events happening this week by the Butterfly Society. Twahana Harris, founder of the nonprofit, says she hopes to shed light to domestic violence, especially in the capital city.
“Domestic violence is real, and it has taken so many lives here in the city of Baton Rouge. We are bringing the awareness. We’re educating, we’re engaging and we’re empowering communities,” Harris said.
Harris hopes events like these empower community members to unite.
“We want families to know that we’re here as an organization. We’re doing our part. We just need you to stand with us,” Harris said.
For more information on the Butterfly Society, go to https://www.thebutterflysociety.org/.