YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen communities. We’ve been at the forefront of the biggest issues of the day for 160 years: from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity and from violence prevention to health care reform. We carry on this long tradition of social action and advocacy to advance our mission — and you are a crucial part of this work. Your voice is critical as we advocate for policies that bring us closer to eliminating racism, empowering women, and ensuring peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
YWCA USA’s Public Policy Priorities are:
Racial Justice & Civil Rights
We must eliminate policies and practices, like racial profiling, that criminalize people of color and other marginalized communities.
We must ensure that women, children, and families seeking safety and opportunity are kept together and free while their immigration claims are fully and appropriately considered.
Girls of color who have experienced trauma must have improved access to community resources for trauma survivors, including in the education and juvenile justice systems.
Support the United Nation’s Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Goals
We will work together with our global sisterhood of YWCAs to end all forms of discrimination against women and girls everywhere, and ensure women and girls’ full and effective leadership participation at all levels of political, economic, and public life.
Empowerment & Economic Advancement
Women should never have to choose between their job and their health or loved ones. Every worker deserves job-protected safe leave, and paid sick and family leave.
Improving access to quality affordable childcare and housing helps promote successful workplace participation for women, especially women of color.
Health & Safety
We will strengthen federal legislation that supports survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of gender-based violence.
We must address racial health disparities by reducing maternal mortality rates and improving maternal health outcomes for women of color.
The healthcare infrastructure currently provided by the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Medicare, state health insurance programs, and reproductive health service providers must remain strong and viable in order to support women and families.
For more information on Advocacy and Racial Justice Programming, please contact Molly Toth at (330) 746-6361 ext. 109 or firstname.lastname@example.org.