Advocacy

FY 2019 Policy Advocacy and Legislative Agenda

To support YWCA Greenwich’s mission to be a driving force for a healthier, safer, and more equitable community, the organization will advocate for women’s economic empowerment, the advancement of women, racial justice and civil rights, women’s safety, and the funding of critical internal and external programs.

YWCA Greenwich will engage in advocacy in our local community and at state and national levels and will engage in lobbying at the local, state, and federal levels of government within the limits allowed by law and as permitted for an organization exempt from federal income taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Economic Empowerment and Advancement

YWCA Greenwich believes that all women and girls have the right to be confident, self-sufficient and supported to achieve their greatest potential.  YWCA Greenwich will advocate to encourage all employers to examine pay practices and proactively address wage discrepancies across genders, and we will support efforts to increase the minimum wage at the federal and state levels. 

Women are disproportionately affected by the lack of a comprehensive system of paid family and medical leave in Connecticut. YWCA Greenwich supports an employee-funded insurance system, for companies of sufficient size, that would cover a portion of an employee’s wages during a legally protected leave.  YWCA Greenwich will advocate for programs and work supports that promote educational equity, female entrepreneurship, access to capital, employment stability and long-term economic security. 

YWCA Greenwich has provided public testimony for the 2019 session of the Connecticut General Assembly in support of:

YWCA Greenwich also supports the following legislation:

Racial Justice and Civil Rights

Consistent with the YWCA Greenwich’s mission to promote inclusion and dignity for all in our community, we will support laws that guard against all forms of discrimination, including human trafficking, violations of transgender rights, and discrimination in housing and healthcare. 

YWCA Greenwich has provided public testimony for the 2019 session of the Connecticut General Assembly in support of: 

  • House Bill 6742 - AN ACT CONCERNING HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND STATE CONTRACTS AND THE LICENSING OF ESTHETICIANS, NAIL TECHNICIANS AND EYELASH TECHNICIANS Testimony

YWCA Greenwich also supports the following legislation:

  • Senate Bill 651 -AN ACT PROHIBITING THE OFFERING OF SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS AT HOTELS, MOTELS OR SIMILAR LODGINGS AT AN HOURLY RATE AND REQUIRING THAT USERS OF SUCH PLACES OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION PROVIDE THE OPERATOR WITH POSITIVE PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION
  • House Bill 6504 -AN ACT PROTECTING MINORS FROM CYBER EXPLOITATION

Women’s Safety

YWCA Greenwich supports multiple initiatives that protect women, children, and, in some cases, men against domestic violence.  We champion laws that restrict access to firearms by domestic abusers and prohibit sexual harassment, sexual assault, and stalking.  We believe such regulations are essential to empowering women and girls. 

YWCA Greenwich has provided testimony for the 2019 session of the Connecticut General Assembly in support of:

YWCA Greenwich also supports the following legislation:

  • Senate Bill 880 - AN ACT INCREASING FAIRNESS AND TRANSPARENCY IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
  • House Bill 6622 - AN ACT CONCERNING CURRICULUM ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT, SEXUAL ASSAULT, ADOLESCENT RELATIONSHIP ABUSE AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION
  • House Bill 6702 - AN ACT PROHIBITING MINORS FROM BEING ELIGIBLE TO MARRY 
  • House Bill 7392 - AN ACT CONCERNING VOTER PRIVACY

Funding of Critical Programs and Initiatives

YWCA Greenwich will advocate for the passage of funding bills on the municipal, state and federal level that support the above agenda, YWCA programs, and issues related to the mission and strategic plan of the organization.  

Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence 

YWCA Greenwich is one of 18 domestic violence service agencies that make up the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV)

CCADV's 2019 Public Policy Priorities highlight focus areas for CCADV over the coming year to strengthen both statutory and administrative policy and practice that help domestic violence survivors to achieve safety and stability. The policy priorities seek to address the large number of complex factors that impact the ability of both the survivor and the family as a whole to live a life free from violence.