Guiding Principles

Women's Policy Institute

Guiding Principles

First developed and adopted in 2014-2015, these Guiding Principles shape our work – from original programs to advocacy to grantmaking.

We are ADVOCATES, catalysts for transformation in the lives of women and girls, monitoring public discourse, educating, sharing information, and supporting policies to achieve meaningful change.

We strive for SOCIAL JUSTICE, promoting equal access to opportunity and to equity in all aspects of life.

We believe in INCLUSIVENESS, embracing diversity reflective of Mississippi’s population, welcoming and valuing different perspectives and opinions.

We believe in ACCOUNTABILITY, through transparency and informed, responsive use of our resources in achieving our mission.

We believe in SUSTAINABILITY for The Women’s Foundation, through fiscal responsibility and organizational strength, stewarding resources to meet the unique needs of women and girls.

Guiding Principles for Advocacy

Trust Women: We trust that a woman will make informed, educated decisions about her health and her family’s health. 

Confidentiality: We support an individual’s right to privacy and confidentiality between herself and her health care providers. 

Science and Objective Research: We support an individual’s right to receive medically accurate information from medical professionals and in public schools; we align ourselves with mainstream medical groups such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Academy of Pediatrics (APA), the American Nurses Association (ANA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Access: We support an individual’s right to unbiased and timely information and quality, affordable health care, including family planning and STD/STI testing and treatment. We support access to all forms of contraception. 

Limiting unnecessary government mandates: We oppose intrusive, excessive, and unnecessary government interference in a woman’s life and personal decisions. 

Equal Access to Opportunity: We believe all Mississippians have the right to obtain quality, affordable public education, particularly post-secondary education, that can lead to good jobs and economic self-sufficiency. We recognize there are significant obstacles to achieving this goal. We value addressing the systemic, root causes of income inequality. 

Equality: We support equality and equity for all Mississippians, to enable individuals to make free and informed choices in all spheres of life, free from discrimination. We believe all women have the right to self-determination—to decide if and when to have children.

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