The Women's Policy Conference will be August 23-24, 2018 in Salt Lake City.
YWCA Utah Director of Public Policy Erin Jemison was at Capitol for the 2017 legislative session and continues into the 2018 session focusing on YWCA Utah's advocacy priorities:
We anticipate a number of bills to advance Economic Empowerment and Stability for women and their families in Utah by expanding workplace leave policies, addressing gender wage discrimination, creating an Earned Income Tax Credit for families experiencing inter-generational poverty, and tackling the sales tax on food for families trying to make ends meet.
The YWCA will continue to advocate for Racial Justice and Civil Rights policy change, specifically as it relates to women and girls of color, by supporting criminal and juvenile justice reform efforts, strengthening workplace discrimination protections, and increasing access to community-based healthcare.
Other expected bills related to Health and Safety for women and girls will address gaps in services for women and families experiencing postpartum depression, increase family planning services for women who do not have healthcare coverage, and improve enforcement systems for laws that keep firearms out of the hands of abusers.
These are just a few of the legislative issues on the horizon. Sign up for YWCAdvocacy Connect below for policy updates as we near the 2018 General Session.
The following policy priority areas were selected based on a comprehensive process carried out by the YWCA Utah Public Policy Committee to:
Note: There are long-term policy advocacy efforts being led by various community partners to address an array of critical issues affecting women and girls 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 and Girls
Racial Justice & Civil Rights for Women and Girls of Color
Health and Safety for Women and Girls
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 email@example.com or 801-537-8603.