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Advocacy becomes a focus for YWCA

history of advocacy and the ywca national

Social Action and Advocacy are the cornerstones of the YWCA. Since our inception almost 150 years ago, “service” has been linked to “action.”  In communities across the United States, YWCAs continue to work to improve social and economic conditions for all people. As the nation’s oldest and largest national movement, the YWCA is comprised of over 300 local associations, regional leadership and a national office in Washington D.C. - - who all work together, across the nation work to strengthen our voices in the nation’s capital and in state and local governments.

The YWCA brings first-hand knowledge of how federal level policies and programs affect women, girls and their families in communities across the country. Historically the YWCA has fought for issues such as the abolition of child labor, the 8-hour workday and desegregation.

Today, the YWCA carries on their long tradition in social action and advocacy to meet the twin goals of women and girl’s empowerment and racial justice.



what's new?

YWCA of O'ahu is moving in a new direction to collaborate with other community agencies and partake more in education and advocacy on women’s issues.

As another strategy to deliver on its mission and to extend the benefits of membership, the YWCA of O'ahu will be more visible in its advocacy efforts. Across the country, YWCAs have historically and effectively employed advocacy strategies to significantly shape and improve the landscape for the empowerment of women and the elimination of racism, and the YWCA of O'ahu is following suit.

With the opening of this year's legislative session, the YWCA of O'ahu joined forces with the Women's Coalition (a bi-partisan group of private and public organizations, agencies and individuals) and other groups to speak in favor of and demonstrate support for social and economic policies that elevate the YWCA's mission as a vital community priority.  We invite you to join us in these efforts.

Aligned with the YWCA National, YWCA of O'ahu’s policy areas may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Economic empowerment 
      • budget and tax policy
      • welfare reform
      • minimum wage
      • social security
      • childcare and early education
      • equal pay
  • Health & Safety
      • health care
      • violence against women
      • Victims of Crime Act
  • Racial justice and civil rights
      • hate crimes
      • voter protection
      • affirmative action
      • immigration and immigrant rights

Other special initiatives include: bullying, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, military women, and other initiatives consistent with our mission.

Our advocacy can take many forms, such as educational programs, information sharing, organizing, research, rallies and non partisan voter registrations, as well as tracking and taking action in support of specific bills or resolutions that are consistent with our mission.

If you would like to get involved in this effort as a volunteer or intern, please contact our Development and Advocacy Manager at advocacy@ywcwaoahu.org.


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