Members – it’s time to vote for our next Young Women’s Council!

WOW YWCA community, you have outdone yourself! We have just been overwhelmed by the response to our second year of the YWCA Australia Young Women’s Council (YWC).

We had 108 incredible young people put their hands up and nominate themselves to join the YWCA movement, serve on the YWC and make a real positive difference for women, young women and girls in Australia.

The YWC provides a unique platform for young women and girls, aged between 12 and 30 years, to learn about and contribute to improving gender equality in Australia. Membership of the Council offers the opportunity to gain new skills, networks and exciting experiences to develop as a leader and be part of a global movement of passionate girls, young women and young people.

We are committed to Indigenous recognition and reconciliation and the active involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the organisation. Achieving diversity is a key consideration in appointing to the YWC and we are committed to all diversity, social inclusion and intersectional feminism.

Among those nominated for this year’s YWC are climate activists, school captains, social justice advocates, Student Representative Council members, international development workers, lawyers, youth workers…but most importantly? They are all proud feminists and dedicated to fighting for gender equality!

How to vote

YWCA ordinary (voting) members will receive an email today (Friday 11 October 2019) with the voting link from our voting platform – Election Buddy. Each person will have an unique access key included in their email, and a password which is the same access key.

Once you log in to the platform, you will be presented with the full list of candidates. You can click through to each candidate to view their responses to the following questions:

  • A little bit about you
  • What issues facing young women and girls are you most passionate about tackling?
  • Why do you want to join the Young Women’s Council?

Plus, if the young person self-identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, living with disability, LGBTIQA+ or culturally and/or linguistically diverse and has given permission, this information will also be displayed.

There are eight spots on the Young Women’s Council to fill – so you can vote for up to eight candidates.

Note – you can only vote once, so make your vote count!

Voting closes on Sunday 27 October 2019.

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