YWCA Central Alabama is a social justice organization.
We strive toward a world where all women and girls are safe and free, where voices of the disenfranchised are uplifted and heard, where barriers to access, participation and success of those historically excluded are removed. That vision ignites our collective imagination and guides our organizational practice. At YWCA Central Alabama, we engage in explicit racial justice and social justice work to elevate our mission. In fact, social justice is foundational to the work we do.
Built upon that foundation are three pillars representing YWCA Central Alabama’s focus areas:
Today, social justice is foundational to the work we do at YWCA Central Alabama. It is who we are. We are a social justice organization.
YWCA Central Alabama uses its commit, communicate, educate and advocate framework to engage in social and racial justice issues in ways that drive real change in our focus areas. We are Alabama’s only YWCA working throughout the state, but our work is primarily in Blount, Jefferson and St. Clair counties.
Because social inequalities are intrinsically entwined, YWCA Central Alabama expends a great deal of energy at the intersections of race, gender, and class. Our work extends to youth – particularly those in the YWoodlawn community – because the impact of racism begins early. Our work permeates outward and inward as we examine what it truly means to be an anti-racist organization.
Our goal is a just society in which women can enjoy equal pay and economic empowerment, people of color no longer must endure systemic racism, survivors of domestic violence can confidently face legal proceedings, and children can start strong in an academic program that educates the whole child.
Our vision is to create a more caring community. Social justice and racial justice are the tools we use to get there. We won’t stop until justice, just is.
Become an Advocate
We are on a mission. That takes Teamwork. There are many ways to help YWCA Central Alabama make a positive difference in the lives of women and families in need.
For over 160 years, YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. Since our inception, YWCAs across the country have been on the front lines advocating for the rights of women, girls, and marginalized people and addressing community needs. Today, we continue to drive an inclusive agenda to address the underlying gender equity and racial justice tensions that are so deeply embedded in our nation. We invite you to join us and take action on health, economic, safety, and racial justice priorities directly affecting women and communities of color.
Bills & Issues We're Watching
YWCA Central Alabama pursues our mission every day to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Through our public policy efforts, we seek to provide long-lasting systemic change in the areas of health and safety, economic empowerment and homeownership, affordable and equal access to a quality education, and civil and human rights.
Social and Racial Justice Library
YWCA Central Alabama’s Social and Racial Justice Library is a resource for all who support our mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. For more than a century, YWCA Central Alabama has stood up for social justice and worked diligently to help families and strengthen communities.