Join the YWCA Rochester & Monroe County to Stand Against Racism

By Jean Carroll, President & CEO
YWCA Rochester & Monroe County

Jean Carroll

Jean Carroll

This is the fourth year the YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County has participated in the Stand Against Racism and we’ve got some pretty big plans this year. As you know, the Stand is an annual community-wide event to build awareness about racism. We reach out to businesses, higher education, houses of worship and government agencies to create greater awareness and to encourage conversations about race.

Creative Solutions to Difficult Issues: Working Around the System

By Danielle Marse-Kapr
Senior Advocacy and Policy Associate

This week, I had the honor of attending the 58th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). While the CSW occurs over the course of two weeks, NGOs from around the world lobby their representatives in support of the issues most impacting the women they represent. And, while the CSW debates these points, NGOs plan “side events” where they gather to discuss women’s issues from every perspective – safety, poverty, health, political rights, etc.

Danielle (third from right), with panelists from YWCAs in Australia, New Zealand, Malawi, and Palestine, discussing young women's leadership.

Danielle (third from right), with panelists from YWCAs in Australia, New Zealand, Malawi, and Palestine, discussing young women’s leadership.

How Racism Survives in Race-Neutral Policies

by Martin Friedman
Associate Director, Social Justice Initiatives, YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish

What is the difference between equity and equality? As we prepare to participate in this year’s Stand Against Racism, our second one, I’m reminded of a conference call I was on several years ago with other coordinators of social justice and race initiatives. Knowing that we all had adopted the logo of “eliminating racism and empowering women,” I asked if the YWCA had a common definition of racism. I was told no. That is left up to individual associations.  This reflects a common issue when dealing with racism: What is it?