Women and girls of all ages, income levels, racial and ethnic communities, sexual orientations and gender identities continue to experience gender-based violence and that often goes unrecognized or is not responded to equally. These experiences are only further compounded by racism and systemic injustices in communities across the country. Week Without Violence 2022 maintains YWCA’s steadfast commitment to ending gender-based violence and allows us to address, educate, and take action through collective grassroots advocacy.
As we prepare for the 2022 Midterm elections, the Family Violence Prevention Services Act (S. 1275/H.R. 2119) and the Women’s Health Protection Act (S.4132 / H.R.8296) are part of a multi-pronged solution in a larger effort towards protecting the safety of women and girls of color and continuing vital support and services for survivors of gender-based violence. Grassroots action will raise awareness and help advocate for cosponsorship and passage of these critical bills.
You can also learn more about additional ways to take action now through our Action Center.
The Family Violence Prevention Services Act (FVPSA) (S. S. 1275/H.R. 2119) provides critical funding that survivors rely on for domestic violence services such as housing, emergency shelter, transportation, childcare, and medical and legal counseling. It is time Congress takes action to reauthorize FVPSA that includes increased funding for current programs in addition to new investments for prevention and marginalized survivors. FVPSA is critical, lifesaving legislation that survivors rely on.
The Women’s Health Protection Act (S. 4132/H.R. 8296) takes critical steps to codify the right of an individual to access safe, legal abortion services free from medically unnecessary and often burdensome restrictions. It also protects providers offering abortions to ensure services remain safe and accessible. As part of its ongoing historic advocacy efforts in support of women’s reproductive justice including access to abortion care, YWCA USA mobilized its network of grassroots advocates as one of many tactics to push back against the onslaught of legislative efforts attacking reproductive freedom. Abortion access is fundamental. It’s time we raise our voices and call on Congress to take immediate action and protect that right!
Get Out the Vote (GOTV)
Between federal, state, and local elections, there are nearly 7,000 seats up for grabs across the country in this year’s Midterm elections on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. These elections will set the tone of the nation for years to come.
This is your voice. Your vote. Your future. Join YWCA’s collective voter engagement effort and help us get out the vote!
At YWCA, we are doing the work of justice everyday — through our advocacy, our leadership, and our work in communities. Sign up for the YWCA Action Center and stay up-to-date about actions you can take to eliminate racism and support victims and survivors of gender-based violence.