Vote for YWCA’s Our Happy Women program

Members of the YWCA Australia’s Our Happy Women program are calling on the local community to rally to support their funding application to establish a local cultural arts hub and social enterprise to transform the lives of Aboriginal women and their families, providing a vehicle for social and economic self-determination.


We’re a finalist in the Sydney City Regional Business Awards

We’re celebrating the nomination of Song Hotel and Kitchen as a finalist in the category of “Excellence in Social Enterprise” in the Sydney City Regional Business Awards! Song Hotel and Kitchen are part of YWCA Australia’s Profit for Purpose business model. The profits of these commercial businesses go towards supporting YWCA programs and services for women, young women and girls.

YWCA National Housing and YWCA Housing Board Changes

We would like to announce some recent changes to roles on the YWCA National Housing and YWCA Housing Boards. As of 1 July 2019, Anna Draffin is the new Chair and Kirsty Rourke is the new Deputy Chair of both Boards.

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Creating Organisational Success with Female Leadership

Are you a talented professional woman ready to take the next step in your professional career? Do you lead an organisation looking to promote talented female leaders? YWCA Australia’s SHE Leads® program delivers real, measurable, results for women aspiring to advance their careers with many women moving onto management positions following the program.

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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.