YWCA members come from all walks of life. While they may have different backgrounds, they have one thing in common. They are passionate about supporting women, young women and girls. Meet just a few of our members below!
What’s your hidden talent?
I’m creative in a practical way. I’m very good at designing and building furniture out recyclable materials. I like the satisfaction I get from standing back from something I’ve just built, and saying “aaaah – I made THAT.” Whatever ‘that’ ends up being…sometimes my creations are a bit ambiguous.
What are three words you’d use to describe YWCA Australia?
Progressive, powerful, essential.
What’s your proudest girl-power moment?
The #metoo movement is the most persuasive ‘girl power’ moment that comes to mind – the most persuasive girl power movement in history. It was so inspiring to see women from all over the world standing up against the cultural norms that have oppressed or silenced them, calling out inequality, behaviour, and banding together towards a united cause.
More locally, I’ve loved seeing the unwavering support and enthusiasm directed at the AFLW since it launched a couple of years ago. When I was a kid, I wanted more than anything to play AFL, but there were very limited opportunities for girls to join a team back then. The game was considered too rough, or ‘just for boys,’ so I was corned into playing netball. It makes me happy to know that if I ever have a daughter, she can play the sport she wants, and she will have heroes and role models to look up to that she can identify with. Moreover, I’m looking forward to the day when it’s not ‘unusual’ for a girl to play football – it will just be part of the furniture.
What is the one thing you cannot resist?
Cheezels. I will eat an entire box of them in one hit if I’m left unattended.
Who is your favourite feminist / gender equality ambassador?
Rosie Batty. Her enduring strength in the face of adversity, and her commitment to placing pressure on government bodies to address domestic violence (DV). Her determination to help women overcome family violence, has been instrumental in changing how society views and supports DV.