A member of a nationally recognized movement with a mission to eliminate racism and empower women, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh has been working for equity and change for over 150 years.
The organization understands that racial and economic equity are inseparable from women’s empowerment and that meaningful change requires deliberate action that challenges the status quo and centers the experience of women of color. Women and girls of color face daily discrimination and social injustice. They are more likely to experience gender-based violence, and they face more barriers to quality care. Women of color are often their families’ primary source of income, yet many lack access to childcare, safe housing, and health care.
In response, the YWCA offers accessible childcare, an education continuum from 6 weeks through middle school, emergency basic needs, supportive housing, and its Center for Race and Gender Equity. All of the organization’s programs are designed to empower the individuals that it serves educationally, socially, and economically.
In 2020, the YWCA introduced renewed Strategic Direction in support of The One Imperative: to thrust collective power towards the elimination of racism, wherever it exists, by any means necessary. Through collaborative action with nonprofit partners and the Greater Pittsburgh community, the YMCA will continue to work to reduce disparities and address their impact as long as they persist.
Achieving the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women and creating a Greater Pittsburgh that works for all, not some, will require active and continued participation from each of us. Help Greater Pittsburgh women and families thrive by making a donation today.
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