It’s World YWCA Day!

April 24 marks World YWCA Day. Every year on this date, YWCA’s around the world celebrate this day and recognise the movement’s efforts in creating positive change for all wom*n around the world.

It’s been a challenging year for Australia, first with the bushfires and floods that happened earlier this year, and now with the global pandemic of COVID-19. We have been forced to change the way we live and work, with ‘physical distancing’ becoming the new normal. But this doesn’t negate the important work we do. Instead this is the time to push forward as a movement and to continue to fight for gender equality.

What YWCA and the fight for gender equality means to me

For 140 years, YWCA Australia has been advocating for Women Leading Change. We fight for gender equality and women’s rights.

Here’s what some of our amazing members say about what YWCA and the fight for gender equality means to them. From our life members:

We also asked members (including some young women) what gender equality means to them:

“I don’t think any other organisation has such a long history in advocating for and empowering women as the YWCA. Gender equality is so important, no one should be discriminated against because of their gender. Gender equality should be promoted wherever possible!  Long live YWCA!!”

Mary Chow (Member, NSW)

As we reflect on the past and on what the Y has meant to these incredible women, we know that the future continues to be bright, and the possibilities are endless. Here’s to continuing to fight the good fight. Here’s to us.

Not a member, but super keen to be a part of the movement? Head on over to to join. Membership is FREE, but the experience is priceless.

YWCA Australia wishes to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we work, live and play and pay our respects to Elders past and present. We recognise First Nations people as the custodians of the lands, seas and skies, with more than 60,000 years of wisdom, connection and relationship in caring for Country.

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