Advocacy Programs of YWCA Tampa Bay
The Elimination of Racism
YWCA Tampa Bay supports policies that contribute to the elimination of racism. This includes, but is not limited to, policies that eliminate racial profiling, increase immigrant rights, retain and strengthen affirmative action, reduce hate crimes and result in increased education on racism and its elimination.
YWCA Tampa Bay supports the maintenance and strengthening of affirmative action laws to protect people from discrimination on the basis of race and gender.
YWCA Tampa Bay supports the passage of Hate Crimes legislation that protects people from harassment, violence and other crimes on the basis of race, sex, gender, religion, ethnicity, age, disability or sexual orientation.
Violence Against Women
YWCA Tampa Bay supports anti-violence policies that protect victims, hold perpetrators accountable, and work to eradicate sexual assault and domestic violence, trafficking of women and dating violence. Specifically, we support the continuance and increased funding for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The YWCA also supports legislation that ensures employment stability and economic security for victims of violence against women.
Increasing Women's Income
YWCA Tampa Bay supports initiatives to increase the income of women, including policies that raise the minimum wage, protect overtime, strengthen equal pay, maintain the earned income tax credit, oppose the privatization of social security, and expand non-traditional training for women from all socioeconomic and racial backgrounds.
YWCA Tampa Bay supports an anti-poverty approach to welfare reform that increases education and training opportunities, opposes marriage promotion/incentives, opposes religious discrimination in hiring, restores benefits to legal immigrants, addresses barriers to self-sufficiency such as domestic violence and substance abuse, and provides affordable and accessible childcare.
Early Childhood Education
Over two-thirds of families in the United States have both parents, or a single parent, that work outside the home because of economic need. An estimated 13 million children under age 6—about 3 out of 5 young children—are cared for during the day by someone other than a parent. The availability and accessibility of high quality childcare can benefit children, their families and society overall in terms of preparation of children to learn and succeed in school. It can also increase financial self-sufficiency for parents, and reduce societal costs for public assistance, welfare and special education. YWCA Tampa Bay supports quality, affordable and accessible early childhood education that will empower adults and children towards economic and emotional self-sufficiency.