Advocacy & Racial Justice

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We are on a mission to Eliminate Racism and Empower Women

We increase public awareness and engagement around the issues central to improving the lives of women.

Nationwide, YWCA’s  advocacy work in three core areas:

  • Racial Justice & Civil Rights
  • Economic Empowerment & Advancement
  • Health & Safety of Women & Girls

At YWCA National Capital Area, we are committed to our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women and have launched specific initiatives focused on racial, social, and gender justice.


Courageous Conversations

Since 2018, YWCA National Capital Area has held community-based discussions called Courageous Conversations.  These discussions have explored the dynamics of race, bias, gender, and inequity in a unique community-driven way, empowering people to take an active role in dismantling racism, demanding equity, and standing up for justice.

Now more than ever, we invite you to join us for these dynamic community events as we believe we are stronger together in the work to eliminate racism and empower women.

Learn more here. 


Racial Justice Institute:

As we all strive for a more equitable world, sometimes we need help in finding our way. Just talking about race, equity, and justice isn’t enough. We need to take action to ensure that this world benefits all of us. With that goal set and the YWCA’s bold mission of eliminating racism guiding us, YWCA National Capital Area is proud to launch its Racial Justice Institute. 

This institute will focus on these key areas:

  1. Consulting: Working with organizations, businesses, governments, and other groups to educate them about how to create and maintain equitable work places and spaces.

  2. Planning: Provide organizations with strategic plans, assessments, and educational opportunities so they can implement racial and inclusion best practices

  3. Educating: Teaching people including staff, board members and communities new skills and engagement tactics so they can continue growing  in their work against racism.

If you are interested in our racial equity and justice training, please contact us at 202-626-0700.