Advocacy at YWCA O‘ahu

Advocating to Empower Women and Girls in Hawai‘i

YWCA O‘ahu has been at the forefront of women's empowerment and racial justice for more than 116 years. With our various programs located islandwide, we work in local communities every day and shape policies that affect those we serve. In partnership with clients, members, community organizations, and public agencies, we collectively promote our mission through programmatic activities, educational campaigns and events, and legislative advocacy. Our advocacy priorities address the three broad areas in which we offer programs: racial justice and civil rights, women's economic empowerment, and women's health and safety. For more information on our legislative priories for the year, please click here.


We seek to increase the equal protections and equal opportunities of people of color. We work to increase economic opportunities for women and girls of color, recognizing the importance of addressing the race and gender inequities that exist for this historically and contemporarily marginalized community. We strive to improve the often disproportionately negative health and safety outcomes for women and girls of color by making sure they have access to high-quality health and safety resources and support systems.

Snapshot of The Status of Women in Hawai‘i

The Status of Women in Hawai‘i received an overall grade of C+. Hawaii's best grade is in the area of Reproductive Rights and Health and Wellness! Hawaii is ranked 50th for % of women registered to vote, and 49th for % of women who voted. See how we rank in other areas here.

Campaigns & Events


Family Leave Insurance for Hawai‘i

We are working to pass a law in Hawai‘i that would create a robust and effective family leave insurance program for Hawai‘i's workforce. The U.S. is the only developed nation without a program of this nature, so it's up to the states to implement. Five other states and Washington D.C. have their own family leave insurance programs. We have the highest cost of living with the lowest wages, taking unpaid leave for family and medical emergencies can be devastating to families.

As members of the Hawai‘i Working Families Coalition, we will  support the working parents and caregivers in our state. 


Women's Legislature Caucus Breakfast

YWCA O‘ahu coordinates the annual Hawai‘i Women's Legislative Caucus Breakfast, featuring women legislators of the Hawai‘i State Legislature. The Caucus, consisting of members from both the state Senate and House, present a joint package of priorities for the Legislative Session.

The Legislative Breakfast is co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Women's Legislative Caucus, Organization of Women Leaders, Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership, Hawai‘i State Commission on the Status of Women and supported by St. Andrew's Priory School.


For over 20 years, YWCA has hosted an annual Week Without Violence campaign. During the month of October, YWCA local affiliates across the nation mobilize people in their local communities to take action against all forms of violence. Through leading dialogues on violence to workshops, public awareness events, and community service opportunities, Week Without Violence places the pervasive and intersectional nature of violence and its impact on the communities we serve at the forefront of the conversation.


Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. This campaign is one part of our larger national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism.

To find out more information about this, please click here.

Take Action

  • Learn more about the legislative process on the State's Public Access Room Website here!
  • Find your elected official: Federal & State.
  • Register to Vote Online!


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