OWEC is dedicated to advancing equity for Oregon’s women and girls. We hold space for organizations and individuals who serve women and girls to come together so they can share, learn, connect, and use our collective voice to advocate for equitable policies. Together we will be able to create a more equitable state for Oregon women and girls. Join us.
OWEC Winding Down
We are proud of the work we have accomplished together. Our initial focus was on developing the first statewide report on the status of women and girls in Oregon in over 20 years, and after that project was absorbed by the (then) newly formed Women's Foundation of Oregon, we shifted our focus to policy advocacy. We held some well-attended legislative briefs and panels on urgent topics. And, we took positions on key legislation designed to advance economic equity and reproductive justice. We are proud that we were able to create space for important conversations and bring nonprofit leaders and elected leaders together.
There are several groups involved in convening and policy advocacy that we encourage you to connect with (or stay connected with), including:
Women's Foundation of Oregon - Sign up for their weekly eBlasts with important updates and resource links, including topics on the "Eight that Can't Wait" generated by the Count Her In report. The Foundation is also planning additional paths for service provider engagement and grantmaking in the coming year.
The driving force behind the recently passed FAMLI Equity Act, which was a major legislative win. They continue to focus efforts and resources on policies that support working families.
Leading the way on ensuring equitable access to reproductive health services.
A strong champion of equal opportunity and access and have helped shape recent economic justice wins for women in Oregon.
The recent Count Her In report issued by the Women’s Foundation of Oregon indicates a persistent gender wage and wealth gap that’s among the highest in the nation, with women of color experiencing disproportionate barriers to success.
Poverty rates for women and girls of color are double those of white women and girls in Oregon.
Oregon has one of the highest rates of gender based violence in the country, with over half of the state’s female population having experienced some form of sexual or domestic violence.
Hundreds of thousands of women lack access to reproductive health information and services.