In accordance with our programming, the YWCA Greater Los Angeles acts in an advocacy position on such issues as child care, youth concerns, relationship violence, and employment training. With a rich history in advocacy and social activism, the YWCA leverages our collective voice to affect change for the women, children, and families of Los Angeles. Our current area of concern is domestic human sex trafficking in California and throughout the country.
YWCA USA PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES
As a YWCA, we are on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families. YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for more than 150 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. We carry on this long tradition of social action and advocacy to advance our critical mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Consistent with YWCA’s mission impact framework, theory of change, and local association feedback, YWCA has set the following public policy priorities for 2017-2018.
RACIAL JUSTICE & CIVIL RIGHTS
End Racial Profiling and Criminalization of People of Color YWCA USA’s advocacy goal is to eliminate the policies and practices that support racial profiling and the criminalization of people of color and other marginalized communities by systems of authority.
Support Girls of Color Who Are Trauma Survivors YWCA USA’s advocacy goal is to ensure that girls of color who have experienced trauma have improved access to community resources for trauma survivors, including in the education and juvenile justice systems.
Support the Attainment of the United Nation’s Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Targets YWCA USA’s advocacy goal is to support and advance the United Nations gender equality and women’s empowerment targets set forth in Sustainable Development Goal 5, with a particular focus on ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls everywhere (SDG 5.1) and ensuring women and girls’ full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic, and public life (SDG 5.5).
EMPOWERMENT AND ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT
Improve Women’s Economic Security YWCA USA’s advocacy goal is to improve the economic security of women, particularly women of color, by increasing access to job-protected safe, paid sick, and paid family leave.
Remove Barriers to Women’s Workplace Participation YWCA USA’s advocacy goal is to remove barriers to successful workplace participation by women, particularly women of color, by improving access to quality affordable childcare and housing.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Promote Federal Legislation to Support Survivors of Gender-Based Violence YWCA USA’s advocacy goal is to address gender-based violence by supporting federal legislation that supports survivors of violence.
Improve Maternal Health Outcomes for Women of Color YWCA USA’s advocacy goal is to address racial health disparities by reducing maternal mortality rates and improving maternal health outcomes for women of color.
Ensure Access to Quality, Affordable Health Care for Women and Girls YWCA USA’s advocacy goal is to ensure that the healthcare infrastructure currently provided by the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Medicare, state health insurance programs, and reproductive health service providers remains strong and viable.
Visit the links below for information regarding our key areas of community involvement.
Violence Against Women
Women & Business