The YWCA Regina Advocacy Committee, made up of current and past board members and staff, undertakes a variety of advocacy initiatives each year. As stated in the Terms of Reference, the Advocacy Committee's objectives are:
- To raise the profile of social and economic concerns of particular significance to women, both in the public and governmental spheres, thereby helping shape public dialogue and awareness, and influencing public policy.
- To position YWCA Regina as a primary voice for women’s issues in Regina and in Saskatchewan.
- To act as an internal resource to YWCA Regina, by raising awareness and knowledge of women’s advocacy concerns, and by keeping internal stakeholders informed of YWCA Regina advocacy initiatives.
- To act as a catalyst for advocacy in the community, collaborating with and supporting others in their advocacy efforts for women and for related issues of social justice.
Currently, the YWCA Regina Advocacy Committee is focused on raising awareness and influencing public policy around four core issues:
- Housing and homelessness
- Child care
- Poverty and economic equity
- Violence against women
YWCA advocacy nationally and globally
In addition to the core issues identified, the Committee fully supports the advocacy positions and initiatives advanced by the wider YWCA community.
For more information about YWCA Canada's advocacy priorities and activities, see the advocacy section of the YWCA Canada website.
The World YWCA works to promote social, economic, cultural, religious and political rights of women and girls through advocacy and related programmes and services. The World YWCA advocacy agenda focuses on three priority areas:
- Young Women's Leadershiip
- Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, HIV and AIDS
- Violence Againist Women