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Equity and Justice

YWCA has a long-standing commitment to racial justice and civil rights, with its roots dating back to the 1800s. Black and Native American women have been instrumental in the movement, leading to the adoption of an “interracial charter” in 1946. This charter emphasized the need for protest and labor against injustice based on race.

YWCA’s One Imperative in 1970 aimed to eliminate racism by any means necessary. Today, the organization remains committed to ensuring equal protection under the law for all, particularly women. The organization is also working to dismantle systemic racism and equal protection under the law, addressing stereotypes, biases, and racial power dynamics embedded in laws and public policies.

YWCA South Hampton Roads calls for a world of equity and human decency, envisioning a world of opportunity for all. The organization is committed to racial justice and will continue to work until injustice is rooted out, institutions are transformed, and the world sees women and people of color as equal, powerful, and unstoppable.

Interested in learning more about the Equity & Justice work at YWCA South Hampton Roads? Contact our team at Equityjustice@ywca-shr.org