The following 2017 policy priorityareas were selected basedon a comprehensive process
carried out by the YWCA Utah Public Policy Committee to:
Gather, discuss, and understand potential policy issues and bills connected to the YWCA Utah mission that we expect to arise during
the 2017 Utahlegislative session;
Review input from
YWCA members, allies,and community partners who attended
YWCA Utah’s first
annual policy convening, “Utah Women’s Well-Being: Leading
the Policy Conversation;” and
Evaluate results from the policy priority survey conducted with YWCA Utah members and allies.
are long-term policy advocacy efforts
being led by various community partnersto address an array of
critical issues affecting
andgirls in Utah. The YWCA is, and will continue to be, part
of this work while exploring opportunities
for providing policy advocacy leadership.
The following broad policy areas are
the priorities when contributing YWCA advocacy support
during the 2017 session
of the Utah Legislature.
Economic Empowerment and Stability for Women
Reduce gender wage discrimination
and work toward pay parity.
benefits for low-
and moderate-income workers.
strategies to assist with retirement saving and planning.
Racial Justice & Civil Rights
for Women and Girls of Color
to criminal and juvenile justice
reform efforts by highlighting and addressing racial and gender disparities in
penalties for crimes where
victim is selected due
to race, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, gender
identity, sexual orientation, or disability.
Health and Safety for Women and Girls
access to healthcare benefits to allwomen
andgirls in Utah.
resources to support women and families experiencing
postpartum depression and other maternal mental health issues.
Work with the
Utah Domestic Violence
Coalition (UDVC) toensure availabilityof comprehensive victim services and effective offender accountability systems.
For more information about the YWCA’s policy advocacy priorities or the Utah Women’s Well-Being Initiative, please contact Erin Jemison, YWCA Utah Director of Public Policy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-537-8603.