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Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. 

Register Now for the 2022 Challenge!

Participants will have the opportunity to learn and engage via app or website with curated curated articles, podcasts, videos, activities and more. This year’s racial inequity topics focus on the following:
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Reproductive Justice
  • Living Wage
  • Film and Television
Participation in this virtual community of growth helps us discover how racial and social injustice impacts our community, connect with one another, and identify action steps to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. This is an exciting opportunity to join a learning community dedicated to racial and gender equity and social justice.
We are excited to join forces with our sisters at YWCA Central Virginia and invite you to join us by rallying to make change for communities and telling the world We Can’t Wait: Equity and Justice Now! Our collective efforts can root out injustice, transform institutions, and create a world that sees women, girls, and people of color the way we do: Equal. Powerful. Unstoppable.

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Racial Equity work is consistently underfunded. YWCA South Hampton Roads needs your help to continue to provide high quality programming like our Stand Against Racism Challenge.

Make a $21 investment in your own anti-racist development and encourage 21 other people to take the challenge and match your $21 investment.


Mindful of the continuing affliction of institutional and structural racism as well as the daily realities of all forms of bias, prejudice, and bigotry in my own life, my family, my circle of friends, my co-workers, and the society in which I live, with conviction and hope: I take this pledge, fully aware that the struggle to eliminate racism will not end with a mere pledge but calls for an ongoing transformation within myself and the institutions and structures of our society.

I pledge to look deeply and continuously in my heart and in my mind to identify all signs and vestiges of racism; to rebuke the use of racist language and behavior towards others; to root out such racism in my daily life and in my encounters with persons I know and with strangers, I do not know, and to expand my consciousness to be more aware and sensitive to my use of overt and subtle expressions of racism and racial stereotypes.

I pledge to educate myself on racial justice issues and share what I learn in my own communities even if it means challenging my family, my partner, my children, my friends, my co-workers, and those I encounter on a daily basis.

I pledge, within my means, to actively work to support public policy solutions that prominently, openly, and enthusiastically promote racial equity in all aspects of human affairs; and to actively support and devote my time to YWCA, as well as other organizations working to eradicate racism from our society. I join YWCA in taking a stand against racism today and every day.

YWCA South Hampton Roads wants to thank and acknowledge Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., Debby Irving, and  Dr. Marguerite Penick for their leadership in the field of racial equity as exhibited in their 21 Day Racial Equity and Habit Building Challenge and the movement they helped to initiate. YWCA’s content is independently designed, written, and curated by YWCA staff as part of racial equity and social justice programs offered to the community. 
Register Now for the 2022 Challenge

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