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Housing in Australia is in desperate need of a gender lens

After experiencing family violence, it took Leanne* four years to secure safe and affordable housing. Her story shows us why we need a gender-responsive approach to social housing.
Leanne was forced to leave her family home in 2011 due to family violence and spent the next four years homeless before securing long term, safe, affordable housing with the support of YWCA National Housing.


Thank you Caroline, former YWCA National Housing and YWCA Housing Board Director

We thank former director, Caroline Treacy, who has recently made the decision to step down from the YWCA Housing and YWCA National Housing Boards. Because of Caroline’s contribution, YWCA is strongly positioned to continue innovating and diversifying our affordable housing property options.

Women’s Unpaid Care Work in Australia

Women continue to bear the work load of unpaid care in Australia. What can be done to improve the well being and financial stability of women in unpaid care work in the future? This article written by Emiko, a member of the YWCA Young Women’s Council.

YWCA merger celebration

Five tips on the road to merger success

As the President of YWCA Australia, I’m delighted that this month we’re celebrating the first year of our national merger! This historic amalgamation bought together eight member associations into one organisation to ensure our long term sustainability while scaling the positive outcomes of our programs and services supporting women, children, young people and families across Australia.

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Merger Celebrations: one year on!

As an organisation, we marked the first anniversary of our merger with a morning tea! This was a great opportunity for everyone in the organisation to celebrate the past year and come together as a team.

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Three Questions with: Laura Burfitt (Young Women’s Council)

I joined the Young Women’s Council because I wanted to hear the voices of other young women with backgrounds different to my own in order to broaden and improve my own views and opinions on gender issues.