YWCA Policy Advocacy Agenda

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YWCA Glendale and Pasadena Policy Advocacy Agenda & Priorities 2021-2022

 

YWCA Advocacy Agenda

Participation in mission-driven advocacy efforts is a standard of affiliation with YWCA USA. YWCA both delivers direct social services and advocates for just and equitable public policies that will help change conditions that give rise to the need for those services. YWCA core advocacy issues reflect our mission and the values of our organization.

Our core advocacy issues are:

• Domestic and Sexual Violence: Support survivors and prevent domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of gender-based violence.

• Racial Justice: Advance equity, safety, and racial justice for women and girls of color across justice, education, health, and other systems with documented racial disparities

• Economic Security: Ensure safe, fair, and inclusive workplaces that expand opportunities for women, women of color, LGBTQ+ people, and historically marginalized communities.

 

YWCA Glendale and Pasadena Advocacy Priorities

  • Funding and policies that prevent gender-based violence and support survivors including, asylum for survivors of violence and full and fair immigration and asylum proceedings.

Today, women and girls of all ages, income levels, racial and ethnic communities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and religious affiliations continue to experience violence in the form of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and trafficking. Unfortunately, with the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic, reports of domestic violence increased significantly, as many victims are being required to stay home with their abusers. The crisis put women of color at even greater risk due to the disproportionate impact of the virus and the compounding effects of health and policing systems that were built in ways that fail them and their families.

  • Reformed laws, policies, and practices to safeguard people of color from police violence.

While 2020 underscored inequities in the justice system, racial inequities are also embedded in the laws, policies, and practices of our nation’s education, public health, and other systems of government. The unique experiences of women and girls of color underscore the importance of expedited action by policymakers at all levels to implement and advance racial justice and safety. It is imperative that reform efforts expand gendered narratives to recognize and address the racialized violence that women and girls of color continue to experience.