Advocacy & Policy

62nd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW): March 12-23 March, 2018

The YWCA Australia CSW delegation are at the United Nations headquarters in New York for #CSW62! Here they will be collaborating with World YWCA in advocating to government delegates on the issues important to women, young women and girls, and building strong connections with civil society organisations across the world. 

The priority theme of CSW62 is: Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.

The review theme is: Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women 

For more information about the UN CSW, visit the UN Women Wesbite, and stay up to date on YWCA Australia's TwitterFacebook and Instagram!

YWCA Australia are also hosting their own parallel event on 21 March, SHE Speaks: Amplifying Young Women's Voices. Flyer and details are below: 



Advocacy and policy development

Our advocacy and policy development work may involve writing submissions and letters to governments, lobbying parliamentarians and raising awareness in the community through our campaigns and events.

We also support projects that take the issues of women in Australia to the United Nations (UN).

Importantly, as well as raising awareness of issues affecting women and girls, we also offer solutions to bring about positive change.


Recent submissions

Victorian Family Violence Royal Commission

In May 2015, YWCA Australia and YWCA Victoria made a joint submission to the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. The submission emphasised the need to promote gender equality to address the structural and underlying causes of violence against women and girls, the need for investment in primary prevention measures as well as a full range of specialist response services, including homelessness services and affordable housing.

» Read our submission

» Read the joint sector submission

Past submissions

Economic security

McClure Welfare Review Interim Report

In August 2014 we made a submission responding to an interim report on a review of Australia's income support system.

» Read our submission

Income inequality

In August 2014 we also made a submission to a Senate inquiry into the extent of income inequality in Australia, with a particular focus on the economic disadvantage experienced by many women.

» Read our submission

Violence against women

Senate Inquiry  

In July 2014 we made a submission to a Senate inquiry into domestic violence in Australia. We also endorsed submissions by the Equality Rights Alliance (ERA) and the Australian Women against Violence Alliance (AWAVA).

» Read our submission

Second Action Plan

In March 2014, we made a submission to inform the development of the Second Action Plan under The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children. We recommended that the Second Action Plan incorporate a primary prevention program targeting primary school-aged children, and that the YWCA Respect, Communicate, Choose be considered as a viable and effective model to be implemented nationally.

» Read our submission

National research agenda

In October 2013, we submitted proposals to the National Centre of Excellence to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children about research areas, research topics and research issues for inclusion in the National Research Agenda.

» Read our submission

Affordable housing

In March 2014 we made a submission to a Senate inquiry into affordable housing, highlighting the ongoing housing affordability crisis in Australia, drawing attention to its particular impact on women, and calling for new solutions and significant investment.

» Read our submission

Overseas aid and development assistance

In May 2014 we provided input to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into Human rights issues confronting women and girls in the Indian Ocean – Asia Pacific region (Inquiry).  YWCA Australia recognises that developing women’s social, economic, political and social status positively affects the outcomes of general development projects. We are also interested in how the Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) program can be used to develop women as leaders within their countries, particularly across the Pacific.

» Read our submission

In February 2014 we made a submission to a Senate inquiry into Australia’s overseas aid and development assistance program, in light of the Government’s $4.5 billion cut to international development assistance.

» Read our submission


In February 2014 we a made a submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry into childcare and early childhood learning.

» Read our submission

In September 2014 we made a follow-up submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry responding to its draft report.

» Read our submission

Human rights and anti-discrimination

Racial Discrimination Act protections

In April 2014 we commented  on the exposure draft of the Freedom of Speech (Repeal of s18C) Bill 2014 (Bill) released by the Australian Government on 25 March 2014. We are concerned that the Bill would severely weaken current legal protections against racial vilification in the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Act) and urged the Government not to proceed with the Bill.

» Read the submission

In December 2013 we joined over 150 leading community organisations from around Australia in writing to the Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis, urging him not to repeal the racial vilification protections in the Racial Discrimination Act.

» Read the open letter

Pregnancy and related discrimination

In January 2014 we made a submission to the Supporting Working Parents: Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review about pregnancy and related discrimination.

» Read our submission

Sector development and regulation

The Australian Government is planning to abolish our sector regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). YWCA Australia strongly supports the continuation of the ACNC and made a submission opposing the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Repeal Bill (Repeal) (No. 1) Bill 2014.

» Read our submission

In August 2014 we made a submission to the Australian Government in relation to the Options Paper for Replacement Arrangements following the abolition of the Australian Charities and Not -for-profits Commission

» Read our submission

In March 2014 YWCA Australia and many other community sector organisations signed an open letter to the Prime Minister in support of our regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC), which the Australian Government is planning to abolish.

» Read the letter

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