The Hmong American Women’s Association (HAWA), Inc. is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1993 by a group of thirteen community women who had a strong passion to advocate, organize and share concerns reflected by women in the larger Hmong community.
In 1996, HAWA received its 501(c)(3)status and established its first office in 1997. With the leadership and commitment of the passionate Board of Directors and staff, HAWA has served thousands of Hmong women, youth, and children in Milwaukee, and continues to provide safe spaces for Hmong families.
In addition, HAWA has continued to inspire and foster Hmong women leaders that have made enormous contributions to the Hmong community not only in Milwaukee, but in WI, across the country and around the world.
We center and uplift the leadership of Southeast Asian women, girls, Queer and Trans people.
Our collective liberation is tied to the liberation of Black, Indigenous, other People of Color, Queer and Trans liberation.
We are committed to move and organize our work in alignment with Black women and Black Trans women leadership.
We invest in transformative healing that empowers our women, girls, Queer and Trans people to thrive and be agents of change.
To organize Southeast Asian women, girls, Queer and Trans people to champion gender justice and collective liberation.
We envision a world where Southeast Asian women, girls, Queer and Trans people are free from injustice.