Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Commitment

YWCA Hamilton understands that the diverse communities served by the organization contribute to the growth, enrichment and strength of YWCA Hamilton and of the larger community. We are also sensitive to the fact that various groups in our communities often encounter barriers to full access and participation because of racism and oppression. It is the policy of YWCA Hamilton to provide an environment, which is free of racism and oppression.

YWCA Hamilton believes that every employee, volunteer, student, client, member and visitor has the right to work, volunteer, access services and enjoy an environment that is free from gender, racial, sexual and other forms of oppression. As an employer and service provider YWCA Hamilton will not tolerate and will address any intentional or unintentional acts of oppression towards an individual or a group of people that creates barriers to access or inclusion on the basis of race/colour, ethnicity, ancestry, religion/creed, socio-economic class, gender, sexual orientation, gender orientation, receipt of public assistance, political affiliation, record of offences, level of literacy, citizenship/immigration status, country of origin, mental health status, age, type of housing, neighbourhood of residence, language, family status, health status, ability or any other personal characteristics in all aspects of its operation and at all levels of the organization.  Related violations will be resolved through the organizations complaints protocols.

All stakeholders of YWCA Hamilton are entitled to fair and equitable treatment. YWCA Hamilton is committed to ensuring that our mission and operations embrace our entire communities. We will make every effort to see that our structure, policies and system reflect all aspects of the total community and to promote equal access to all.