Young Women United
Young Women United is a community organizing project by and for young women of color in New Mexico. We believe in communities where all of us have access to the information, education, and resources we need to make real decisions about our own bodies and lives. We work with women and families to identify issues impacting their lives and collectively organize and build policy efforts at the intersections of their identities and lived experiences. We believe social change should come from those most impacted by an issue.
Our cross-sector strategies in creating community-based systemic and policy change include: Albuquerque based community organizing, statewide campaign and policy initiatives, leadership development of young women of color, creation and distribution of media by and for communities, mind-body transformative practices, art and culture shift, and movement building within state-based and national social justice movements.
YWU organizes with our members, leaders, and activists to defend reproductive rights and build reproductive justice, improve the access young people have to quality health care, build educational equality for pregnant and parenting teens, improve access to prenatal care and treatment for substance-using pregnant women, improve women of color’s access to a wide range of birth options while promoting birth and parenting justice.
We also have organizing circles of leaders, members, and activists that meet with us on a regular basis.