YWCA is on a mission to Stand Against Racism!

We take a Stand Against Racism every day by raising awareness about the impact of institutional and structural racism and by building community among those who work for racial justice.

Save the Date! Join us on April 22nd from 5:00pm – 7:00pm for the first part of our Stand Against Racism conversation. In this interactive experience, we will explore instances of racism and build the muscle of being a better ally; to speak up, stand up, advocate when witnessing injustice.

Communities across the United States will take the opportunity to #StandAgainstRacism and unite their voices to educate, advocate, and promote racial justice. YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix is proud to join our sister associations from across the country for the 15th Annual Stand Against Racism. This year we are shining the light on Racism as a Public Health Crisis.

We at YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix are convening a conversation for you to practice being an ally, working with your fellow community members, and shining the light on racism as a public health crisis.

There is no epidemiological definition for a public health crisis. However, experts at the Boston University School of Public Health suggested a definition based on three qualifiers: the problem must affect large numbers of people; the problem must threaten health over the long-term; and the problem must require the adoption of large-scale solutions. Reviewing racism as a public health crisis using this three-pronged test, it passes.

Structural racism plays a large role in determining the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age. These factors affect people’s access to quality housing, education, food, transportation, political power, and other social determinants of health. Understanding and addressing systemic racism from this public health perspective is crucial to eliminating racial and ethnic inequities, and to improving opportunity and well-being across communities.

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.

Get Involved

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.