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Elevating the voices, visibility, and leadership of Ohio AAPI women and nonbinary people 

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We Use Our Collective Strengths to Make Change

Originally founded in 2016, OPAWL is a grassroots member-led community that organizes for social justice and elevates the voices, visibility, and progressive leadership of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and nonbinary people in Ohio. OPAWL has three regional hubs in Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland as well as a statewide online community.

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Building Power

We’re building collective power for Ohio AAPIs to influence the culture and dominant institutions of our state, grow and transform ourselves, and take visible leadership in Ohio’s progressive social movements in solidarity with other communities of color and marginalized groups.

Building Community

OPAWL serves as one of the few organizations where progressive AAPI women and nonbinary people can feel seen and heard. We create intentional spaces for sharing our stories through 1:1 relationship building, intimate gatherings, and public events.

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Growing up, I was always searching for a community where I fit in, and I found exactly that with OPAWL. OPAWL has a diverse membership in regards to age, background, experiences, etc., but we all care deeply about uplifting each other and advocating for the issues we care most about.

- Bhumika Patel, OPAWL Member

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Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago logo
Asiatown Cleveland logo
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Franklin County Ohio logo
NAACP Cincinnati
The Ohio Census Advocacy Coalition
Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice logo
Ohio Voice logo
Ohio Women's Alliance logo
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The Women's Fund of Central Ohio logo
Young Latino Network logo
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