ADVOCATING FOR CHANGE

YWCA stands against racism and supports racial justice and gender equity issues. YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix is committed to being a safe space where the necessary and courageous conversations about race, equity, and inclusion can and do occur.

By serving as a convener of substantive and vital dialogues, we shine a light on the amazing progress that is being made in our neighborhoods, communities, and all across Arizona, while acknowledging the work that remains ahead.  Our offerings provide room for anyone and everyone, no matter where they are in their anti-racist journey, to learn together.

YOU·NITY LEARNING CIRCLES

Our YOU·nity Learning Circles aim to raise awareness of how racism impacts issues that impact Arizonans. Within a shared safe space, we intend that these learning circles will lift up voices across our state to raise consciousness and understanding and move us toward a more just and equitable society.

Each quarter we convene a group of folks, who are concerned about injustice, to engage in conversation and learning around systemic racism. One quarter we may facilitate a book club, the next may be a film or speaker series then perhaps a Theater of the Oppressed experience. The intention of these learning circles is clear – by bringing together the wisdom of the group we all learn to combat oppression together. These learning circles are designed for anyone who is committed advancing their anti-racist journey.

Each January our social feeds and news stories turn to mentions of New Year, New You and all the associated clichés. Those classic self-help clichés often ignore racial and social disparities – let’s rework them to empower you to approach 2021 so you can move through the year with intentionality. This month, through our blog and on our social media channels, we rewrite some of these clichés to use our own stories in celebrating diversity in the lived experiences of women and people of color.

Norma and Michael Cunningham have created an educational experience and environment that broadens the understanding and appreciation of African American Art, Music, and Literary works to multi-generational and multi-cultural audiences. They strive to build supportive relationships to establish a broader community network within and external to the West Valley and Greater Phoenix communities. This year’s Vision & Sound is a virtual exhibition experience throughout the month of February.

Join our sisters at Soroptimist International of Phoenix as they present LUNAFEST – a virtual film festival of short, independent films by and about women.  Phoenix’s first prime time anchorwoman, Mary Jo West, and Phoenix Film Critics Society President and RightThisMinute Reporter ,Gayle Bass, bring their passion and talents to LUNAFEST as this year’s co-emcees for the online event.

Our 15th annual Stand Against Racism will take place on April 22nd. 

Intended for people who are at any point on their own racial justice journey, our next 21-Day Challenge begins Monday, May 3rd.

As part of our ongoing conversation to address Racism as a Public Health Crisis, we invite the community to join our Theater of the Oppressed performance. In this interactive and participatory experience, performers and audience will collectively examine systems of oppression that keep women and people of color marginalized.

As Arizona becomes the next tech hub, we have tremendous opportunity for our STEAM professionals to reflect the state’s workforce diversity. Addressing these gender and racial gaps will support Arizona’s economic growth by developing our next generation of STEAM innovators. 

In partnership with Intel Arizona, YWCA is leading a new Equity in STEAM initiative to advance women and people of color across STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) careers, to improve representation across the sector and the state of Arizona.

Nonprofits, public schools, and charter schools across Arizona can apply for the funding opportunity and participate in a YWCA learning community.

October 18 – 23

This October we join our global sisterhood in uniting our voices to call for an end to violence against women and girls. This year, our Week Without Violence Campaign centers around a new theme: Beyond Resilience: From Surviving to Thriving

Join us during our annual Week Without Violence as we do the work to raise awareness and advocate for the accessible, effective, and consistent resources that survivors and communities need to build the flourishing futures they deserve.   

21-DAY CHALLENGE TO ELIMINATE RACISM & EMPOWER WOMEN

They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. With that in mind, and inspired by the work of Dr. Eddie Moore and Debbie Irving, we have created our 21-Day Challenge to Eliminate Racism & Empower Women. This journey guides your exploration of racial and social equity; allowing you to become more mindful, create dedicated space for learning, and partner with us to eliminate racism and empower women.

In joining this challenge, you commit to creating the space and time to build more effective habits. Daily challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, watching a video, and more serve as a catalyst for your own journey to build effective social justice habits, be an ally to those facing inequities, and to identify ways in your own community to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.

Our next challenge begins Monday, May 3, 2021.

TAKE ACTION

Volunteer as YW Community Advocate

Sign our Stand Against Racism Pledge

Check out our advocacy priorities at YWCA USA Advocacy Center

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Your voice matters as we stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen communities. Whether you have time, talents, or treasures to contribute, learn how you can plug in to the YWCA community.