Mormon Women for Ethical Government
Vision: Women of faith building a more peaceful, just, and ethical world.
Mission Statement: To inspire women of faith to be ambassadors of peace who transcend partisanship and courageously advocate for ethical government.
Inviolable Principles and Practices: The foundational principles and practices of MWEG that must be preserved in order to protect the purity and the integrity of the organization's vision and mission.
Membership: Mormon Women for Ethical Government was founded by faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who felt the call to raise their voices in the cause of ethical government. We welcome all women who are willing to abide by our Six Principles of Peacemaking and who are comfortable belonging to an organization that is guided by faith and informed by the teachings of Jesus Christ and the doctrines of the Church. We welcome women from all over the world, but presently our efforts are focused on the United States.
Disclaimer: MWEG is not affiliated with or endorsed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We do, however, honor and sustain the Church’s doctrines and leaders.
Mormon Women for Ethical Government (MWEG) is a nonpartisan nonprofit 501(c)(4) social welfare organization with an affiliated 501(c)(3) charitable organization called The MWEG Foundation.
Both organizations are rooted in our four core attributes: Faithful. Nonpartisan. Peaceful. Proactive.
Together, our organizations also share four broad objectives:
Encircle — Build the “beloved community,” guided by the six Principles of Peacemaking.
Educate — Develop a more informed and discerning citizenry.
Empower — Help women claim their moral authority and prepare them to act upon it for the benefit of all.
Engage — Act collectively and individually to promote ethical government, oppose injustice, and proactively make peace.
Mormon Women for Ethical Government Overview
We are watchdogs and activists whose advocacy for ethical government is guided by our Principles of Ethical Government. Before taking a particular position on an issue that falls within the Principles of Ethical Government, we educate ourselves thoroughly on the matter (paying particular attention to the credibility of information sources), consider reasonable arguments on all sides, seek out the perspectives of people most affected, and prayerfully evaluate whether our commitment as disciples of Jesus Christ compels us to act.
The MWEG Foundation Overview
We are an educational institute that prepares women of faith with the information, training, and encouragement to become more civically engaged* and to contribute more fully to charitable** causes within their communities and throughout the world. We embrace a model of individual empowerment in which we encourage each of our members to draw upon her moral authority and commitment to the Principles of Peacemaking to proactively engage in causes that are personally meaningful to her.
Official MWEG Foundation priorities include educational and training activities that:
1. Promote greater civic engagement and elevate public discourse
2. Encourage and prepare women to become ethical leaders and future public servants
3. Create a peaceful society that respects the dignity and fundamental human rights of all God’s children
*Our efforts to promote greater civic engagement include permitted non-partisan activities such as voter registration drives, voter participation campaigns, voter education presentations, public forums, general civics education, and educational meetings or the distribution of educational materials on important issues of public policy. We do not promote or endorse candidates or parties, make campaign contributions, or ask candidates to sign pledges. We do, in compliance with federal tax law, offer thoroughly nonpartisan training for voters, campaign workers, and potential future candidates, specifically focusing our efforts on women and other groups that are underrepresented in the U.S. political system.
**We embrace the term charitable in its generally accepted legal sense and as it is described by the IRS, including “relief of the poor, the distressed, or the underprivileged; advancement of religion; advancement of education or science; erecting or maintaining public buildings, monuments, or works; lessening the burdens of government; lessening neighborhood tensions; eliminating prejudice and discrimination; defending human and civil rights secured by law; and combating community deterioration and juvenile delinquency.”
MWEG is a member of the Bridge Alliance, a broad coalition dedicated to engaging citizens in the political process, working with our civic leaders to face tough challenges, and promoting respectful, civil discourse.