Founded in 2013, OWEC is dedicated to advancing equity for women and girls in Oregon. Our membership is primarily organizations serving women and girls, as well as individuals dedicated to advancing gender equity.
OUR VISION is for Oregon to become a place where women and girls have social, economic, and political equity.
OUR MISSION is to use research, advocacy, and collective action to advance equitable services and policies that promote gender equality.
There is no other statewide coalition focusing on advancing gender equity in Oregon. OWEC is growing in numbers and influence. We seek more members who share our values and will contribute to shaping our growing coalition and increasing our effectiveness. We are stronger together.
Our Organizing Principles
Members of OWEC agree to the following organizing principles in collectively determining our priorities for advocacy, convening, and collaboration:
Freedom from violence
By “freedom from violence” we mean that women and girls live lives free from harassment and intimidation, rape and sexual assault, and domestic violence in all its forms. Women and girls live lives free from violence in our homes, on our streets, and in the institutions in which we work and learn.
By “educational attainment” we mean that all women and girls have affordable and unobstructed access to all educational and professional development opportunities. We strive for more than degree completion. We strive for their educational achievements to be visible and their contributions to be recognized and lead to economic success.
By “economic success” we mean that all women and girls can independently meet their basic financial needs, their earning opportunities are not hindered by family responsibilities or societal norms, and they are supported to earn positions and the competitive salaries that accompany them.
Full healthcare access
By “full healthcare access” we mean that women and girls, at every stage in their lives, can afford and have access to medical, behavioral, and reproductive healthcare without undue burden and stigma. We also mean investing in women’s healthcare research to make it better.
Healthy places to call home
By “healthy places to call home” we mean that all women and girls have housing that is both affordable and devoid of environmental risks, and that this housing is embedded in communities with bountiful resources to support them.
By “representative leadership” we mean that all women and girls will be represented in civic, social, and business leadership at rates that at least keep pace with our population. Not only will this mean that we seek gender parity in leadership, but that women and girls who serve as leaders reflect the diversity of our communities.
While no organization is likely to take a stand on all these issues, members agree they will not actively work in opposition to any of these principles or policy planks.