YWCA Australia News

Thu, 20/11/2014

She Speaks Get the Report

Young women say negative gender-based stereotypes damage their working lives, their sense of self, their safety in relationships, and their leadership capacity. Young women are calling on the PM to lead change on the gender stereotypes that limit women and girls.


The YWCA She Speaks survey of 1600 young women, ages 15-30 in Australia is the largest survey of its kind “collecting information from young women about their attitudes, perceptions and experiences of leadership”. The survey from YWCA and report from the Institute of Social Science Research (ISSR) at the University of Queensland has found young women and girls also want to be part of the change.

Wed, 24/09/2014

Mary Robinson, the first female President of Ireland (1990-1997) and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002), has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate. The World YWCA has worked with Mary Robinson for many years to promote women’s rights in a range of global, regional and national networks. Mary has been a model for women seeking to bring positive change in their communities and has generously allowed the World YWCA to use her name to recognise those who have followed her example as champions for young women and human rights.

Wed, 10/09/2014

On 5 September 2014 the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New-York held its’ first-ever panel discussion on child marriage. The panel, requested by last year’s first General Assembly resolution on child marriage, focused on the post-2015 development agenda and the development costs of child marriage. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, World YWCA General Secretary was invited to speak on the panel.

Thu, 11/09/2014

In the last month we've made a submission to the Productivity Commission's childcare inquiry, a submission to a Senate inquiry on the extent of income inequality in Australia and a submission about future options if the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission is abolished.   `

Thu, 28/08/2014

YWCA Australia joined many other community sector organisations and leaders in signing an ACOSS Joint Community Sector Statement expressing deep concern about changes to social security payments currently being considered by the Federal Parliament.