Q & A: On social justice

Q. I recently saw materials that said  YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthecommunities. What do you mean by “social justice”? Has your mission changed?

AWe’re proud to say the YWCA mission has always been about justice and equality. The YWCA Walla Walla Vision Statement is a more complete expression of how we define social justice: 1. All women and families have a safe and stable place to live. 2. All community members can live in dignity, free from violence, racism and discrimination. 3. All children and youth develop the skills they need to succeed in life. 4. All adults have the opportunity to be economically self-sufficient.

Q. Why is YWCA talking about social justice in 2016?

A. Our new slogan and identity—“YWCA is on a mission”—reminds us that we are not just a place; we are a movement for social change. Providing high-quality services is only the first step. In addition to serving people, we work with our wonderful community of supporters to eliminate the conditions that perpetuate violence and inequity. As long as gender and race can still be barriers to success, we will work to change minds and policies.