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Check out the YWCA Advocacy issues and see what we’re doing to promote solutions to improve the lives of women, girls and people of color across the country.

Become an advocacy intern and join the YWCA in fighting for women’s empowerment and racial and social justice. Efforts include writing letters to editors; engaging in social media, meeting members of congress; and recruiting and engaging local community members on current advocacy issues.

To join the team call (510) 848-6370 or e-mail:

Make sure to also sign up with the YWCA USA Advocacy Network to learn more about what you can do right now.

2017 Local  Legislative priorities


H.R. 671/S.210 – Global Health, Empowerment and Rights Act : This bill would prohibit the application of certain restrictive eligibility requirements to foreign nongovernmental organizations with respect to the provision of assistance under part I of Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. This bill supports family planning aboard and decreases unplanned pregnancies and abortions, by allowing NGO’s to provide medical information and reproductive health counseling for women around the world.

H.R. 164 – Increasing Access to Voluntary Screening for HIV/AIDS and STIs Act of 2017: This bill will increase access, quality, and affordability for HIV/AIDS and STI’s voluntary testing. This bill aims reduce the disproportionate incidence of HIV/AIDS and other STI’s in certain groups through early detection, treatment, education, and scientifically based interventions that are culturally competent and age appropriate.

H.R. 149 – Housing Fairness Act of 2017: This bill would authorize funds to prevent housing discrimination and segregation, and discriminatory mortgage lending practices through the use of nationwide testing. It would also increase funds for the Fair Housing Initiatives Programs.

H.R. 382 – 100 Years of Women in Congress Act : This bill amends the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 to designate as Jeannette Rankin Women and Minorities in STEM Fields Program Grants the current research and extension grants to increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities in rural areas in the fields if science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).


ACR 11 – Cervical Cancer Screening and Awareness Month : This measure would designate the month of January every year as Cervical Cancer Screening Awareness Month in the State of California. The measure would encourage all Californians, including the State Department of Public Health and the State Department of Health Care Services, to observe the month and promote screening and educational outreach to women and the medical community, and develop programs to raise awareness about the causes, symptoms, and screening for cervical cancer.

AJR 2 – Latino Americans and Muslim Americans : This measure would commend Latino Americans and Muslim Americans for their economic, political, and cultural impact on California and the United States and respectfully request the President and the President-elect of the United States and Members of the United States Congress to respect the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and to reject efforts to build a wall along the United States-Mexico border, to monitor mosques, to police and profile Muslim Americans, or to adopt any immigration policy based on discrimination.

AB 244 – Maternal Mental Health : This bill is focused on the availability of resources and treatment options for women that suffer from maternal mental health disorders, including postpartum depression and anxiety disorders.

Campus Advocacy 

#FreeTheTampon:  Tampons and sanitary napkins are not luxury items, but necessities to achieving feminine hygiene. On UC Berkeley’s campus YWCA advocacy interns are fighting to change university policies to accommodate women on campus, and provide them with free access to menstrual hygiene products. To join the movement or share your story, email

2017 YWCA USA Legislative Priorities

Racial Justice & Civil Rights 

Ending Racial Profiling and Criminalization of People of Color : 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: ensure that girls of color who have experienced trauma have improved access to community resources for trauma survivors, including education and juvenile systems.

Support the Attainment of the United Nation’s Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Targets : support and advance the United Nation’s gender equality and women’s empowerment targets set fourth 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 : improve the economic security of women, particularly women of color, by increasing access to job-protected safe, paid sick, and family leave.

Remove Barriers to Women’s Workplace Participation: 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 : address gender-based violence by supporting federal legislation that supports survivors of violence.

Improve Maternal Health Outcomes for Women of Color : address racial health disparities by reducing maternal mortality rates and improving maternal health outcomes for women of color.

Ensure Access to Quality, Affordable Health Carr for Women and Girls : ensure that the healthcare infrastructure currently provided by the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Medicare, state health insurance programs, and reproductive health service remains strong and viable.