YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Throughout our history, the YWCA has been in the forefront of most major movements in the United States as a pioneer in race relations, labor union representation, and the empowerment of women. The programs administered at your local YWCA carry out this mission and reflect our brand. They are what distinguishes the YWCA from other organizations. The YWCA represents 2 million women, girls and their families in the United States and 25 million women worldwide. The YWCA has almost 250 associations across the United States. YWCAs can also be found in more than 100 countries.