COMMITMENT to EQUITY STATEMENT
Woman on the Good Side is committed to ensuring that our community is a welcoming place for all people. We believe that all people:
- should feel welcome, safe, and accepted;
- should be treated with respect and dignity;
- should have equitable access to opportunities to improve their lives and the lives of their families.
This includes everyone – regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, family structure or physical or mental ability. Our commitment views equity as a legal, moral and economic imperative – as well as a health imperative. Our future success as a society is dependent on the ability to fully engage all our people. This includes:
- Those with thousands of years of ancestry here, who first survived disease, cultural obstruction and genocide only to face barriers to full economic participation;
- Those who were taken from their homelands, horrifically enslaved along with their children, and forced to labor for generations only to face barriers to full economic participation;
- Our most recent arrivals who struggle to enter our communities fully, only to face barriers to full economic participation, and
- Our women and children, who first struggled for legal rights, control over their health and bodies, only to face barriers to full economic participation.
Our commitment to equity is based on a fundamental belief in fairness, dignity, respect, and equality. We work to ensure that these values are not just words; rather that they are manifested in our thoughts, attitudes, and actions - and those of our partners - in our efforts to join others to raise up our community until it reaches true equity for all. Woman on the Good Side works with its clients and partners to intensify our joint commitment to equity for all. Examples of our commitment include our support of:
- Indigenous, ethnic, or rural arts programs or projects, particularly those with limited access to arts events.
- Organizations that are led by and serve people of color.
- Organizations, programs and initiatives that address LGBTQ needs and issues.
- Organizations and programs that recognize and build on a community's strengths and assets.
- Organizations addressing environmental concerns, climate change and conservation.
- Community-based efforts to reduce social isolation, protect workers and increase community engagement for age people 60+.
- Organizations and programs that strive to address economic insecurity and assist with care, clothing, shelter, food, and services.
- Individuals, organizations and programs that promote equal access to the arts in recognition that art and culture belong to the people.
- Individuals, organizations, initiatives and programs that ensure they inure to the benefit of the next seven generations.