Frequently asked questions

What is the YWCA?

YWCA is a women's global membership organisation leading social and economic change, providing outreach services to 25 million people in 22,000 communities across the world.

What is the difference between local, national and international YWCAs?


There are 12 YWCA associations and 3 YWCA local groups throughout Australia committed to improving the lives of women and their families. 

These YWCAs provide on-the ground programs, services and fellowship in their local communities. They also speak out on behalf of women in their local communities and contribute to national policy and advocacy work.


YWCA Australia is the federation for the YWCA in Australia.

Our members are the Australian local YWCA associations and groups, as well as individual life members.

We facilitate collaboration between YWCAs in Australia and advocate for federal government policies and programs which improve the lives of women and girls, their families and communities.

We are the link between the YWCA in Australia and the World YWCA and other YWCAs around the world, particularly in the Pacific and Asian regions.


YWCA Australia is a member of the World YWCA which has more than 120 national associations as members.

The World YWCA provides outreach services to 25 million people across the world.

What does YWCA stand for?

Our name

YWCA stands for Young Women’s Christian Association. YWCAs in Australia have a history and foundation in the Christian faith.

As a women’s membership movement, we are sustained by the richness of many beliefs and values.

Our values

We create opportunities for the growth and empowerment of women and girls to achieve a common vision of peace, justice, freedom, health, dignity and care for all people through women’s leadership.  

Do I need to be Christian to be involved?

No, all women are welcome.

What are women's rights?

Women's rights are human rights.

Inequality in the lives of women and girls is deeply embedded in history, tradition and culture. Inequality affects women's experiences in life, work and relationships.

While we've come a long way, there's more to go if we want women to have full enjoyment of their human rights.

The YWCA is committed to the elimination of discrimination against young women. We create opportunities for leadership, participation and achievement. As part of a global organisation, YWCA Australia puts the rights of young women at the forefront of community debate.