YWCA Toronto Policy Priorities 2022/2023
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YWCA Toronto works within three broad public policy areas:
- Gender equity
- Poverty reduction
- Racial justice
We are committed to a radical transformation of society where all women, girls and gender diverse people can thrive. Underpinning all of this work is our commitment to anti-racist action and reconciliation. Our advocacy agenda is driven by the experiences and needs of the communities we serve and the expertise of our frontline staff. It is also shaped by our strategic plan, the political climate, what our partners are calling for, our programmatic needs, and past policy positions.
To engage in advocacy work at YWCA Toronto means amplifying the voices of the community members we serve, drawing attention to the issues and barriers they face, and pushing for progressive policy solutions. Recognizing that Indigenous women, Black women, racialized women, immigrants, people living with disabilities, seniors, trans people, and youth are impacted by policy choices and systems of power differently, we strive to incorporate an intersectional gender equity lens in all of our work as we broadly advocate for gender equity, racial justice and poverty reduction.
We advocate by:
- Amplifying and setting priorities through internal consultations with staff, YWCA Toronto leaders, and program participants/residents.
- Providing policy analysis by way of research, reports, submissions, deputations and op-eds.
- Cultivating community by working alongside coalition partners, our YWCA movement and program participants.
- Building influence with government, media, stakeholders and the public via subject matter expertise and thought leadership.
For a more detailed look at our policy priorities, click here.