Stand Against Racism

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. 

Social Media Campaign

April 22nd – 25th, 2021


Panel Discussion

May 27th, 2021 – 9:00 to 10:00 am

Learn More Here

The theme for this year’s campaign is Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis. Structural racism plays a large role in determining the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and affects people’s access to quality housing, education, food, transportation, political power, and other social determinants of health. Understanding and addressing systemic racism from this public health perspective is crucial to eliminating racial and ethnic inequities, and to improving opportunity and well-being across communities.

Our collective efforts can root out injustice, transform institutions, and create a world that sees women, girls and people of color the way we see them: Equal. Powerful. Unstoppable.


Print and share why YOU Stand Against Racism!

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Mindful of the continuing affliction of institutional and structural racism as well as the daily realities of all forms of bias, prejudice and bigotry in my own life, my family, my circle of friends, my co-workers, and the society in which I live, with conviction and hope: I take this pledge, fully aware that the struggle to eliminate racism will not end with a mere pledge but calls for an ongoing transformation within myself and the institutions and structures of our society.

I pledge to look deeply and continuously in my heart and in my mind to identify all signs and vestiges of racism; to rebuke the use of racist language and behavior towards others; to root out such racism in my daily life and in my encounters with persons I know and with strangers I do not know; and to expand my consciousness to be more aware and sensitive to my use of overt and subtle expressions of racism and racial stereotypes.

I pledge to educate myself on racial justice issues and share what I learn in my own communities even if it means challenging my family, my partner, my children, my friends, my co-workers, and those I encounter on a daily basis.

I pledge, within my means, to actively work to support public policy solutions that prominently, openly, and enthusiastically promote racial equity in all aspects of human affairs; and to actively support and devote my time to YWCA, as well as other organizations working to eradicate racism from our society. I join YWCA in taking a stand against racism today and every day.



Then join us for our Stand Against Racism virtual event on May 27th to hear more about local health disparities, their causes and legislative and policy efforts to address these inequities. Registration opens May 1st.

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Listen: WVXU “Cincinnati Edition”, April 25, 2016 featuring Barbara Perez & Shakila Ahmad



Our hotline representatives are ready to help you.

Call our YWCA Hotline at (513) 872-9259 or our House of Peace hotline at (513) 753-7281.