Young Women’s Council

YWCA Australia believes in the power of women. Young women in particular have the power to lead change in our communities. The Young Women’s Council ensures that young women from all across Australia, from all different backgrounds, are represented within our organisation. They have a key role in advising the Board on issues that affect young women.  

The Young Women’s Council provide a youth lens to the organisation, including our future planning, advocacy, policy, research, communications, membership and stakeholder engagement.   

Our members are: 


Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie

Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie

Location: Hobart

Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie is a community development worker and artist based in Nipaluna/Hobart. Emalia is a Project Officer at A Fairer World, Treasurer for human rights advocacy group, Citizen and elected member of the YWCA Young Women’s Council.

Currently, she also works as an assistant curator and community programmer for Salamanca Arts Centre. Her multidisciplinary creative practice explores identity, gender politics, connection and cultural heritage. She is informed in her work and her creative practice by intersectional feminism.


Zahra Al Hilaly

Zahra Al Hilaly

Age: 19

Location: Perth

Zahra’s name means “flower” in Arabic – a reinforcement to her that she will continue to grow change from the grass-root levels; like the way that flowers grow, blossoming into something beautiful. Zahra believes that storytelling in every art form, is the route to changing this world.

Identifying as a marginalised minority herself, she believes that it is adamant to ensure the intersectional identities across the globe are accentuated in modern day media. Zahra hopes to one day be the modern-day Joan of Arc or Mary Wollstonecraft – where she will revolutionise feminism for our women of colour!


Hiba Alsoeady

Hiba Alsoeady

Age: 19

Location: Koondoola

Profile to come.


Ashleigh Darrie

Ashleigh Darrie

Age: 23

Location: Hindmarsh Valley

Profile to come.


Sadaf Dileri

Sadaf Dileri

Age: 15

Location: Delahey

Profile to come.


Victoria Ekwughe

Victoria Ekwughe

Age: 29

Location: Sydney

Victoria is a Doctoral Research Student in women’s development at the University of Technology Sydney. Her research focuses on how NGO’s can use digital technology to empower women. Victoria is passionate about a range of issues affecting women and hopes to influence policies with her research and passion for making positive change and impact.

Victoria is bold in the face of challenges, passionate about social policy and is determined to contribute to making the world a better place for underprivileged women and children. Outside of serving on the Young Women’s Council Victoria enjoys cooking, dancing, and reading.


Tsyon Feleke

Tsyon Feleke

Age: 24

Location: Perth

Profile to come.


Isabelle Franklin

Isabelle Franklin

Age: 27

Location: Canberra

Profile to come.


Naomi Gippey

Naomi Gippey

Age: 20

Location: Jindalee

Profile to come.

Julia Goodall

Julia Goodall

Age: 31

Location: Adelaide

Julia designs and scales social impact initiatives through innovative leadership, human centred design, curiosity and optimism. Julia has project managed Australian Red Cross’s humanitarian response to COVID-19 and works to design and develop strategic solutions to prepare people for the impacts of disasters. Previous roles with Red Cross have included management, youth resilience and community engagement through which she has developed strong relationships across sectors and driven a culture of volunteer leadership.

In a voluntary capacity, Julia has led strategic projects for NGOs, these have included youth-led organisation Big Week Out, women’s leadership organisation Spence Club and sporting events.

Julia has served as a Director of YWCA since 2018, a member of the Young Women’s Council since 2019 and a Director of YH and YNH since 2020, having previously collaborated with YWCA Adelaide on youth resilience and leadership projects. Julia has also served on governance committees for Spence Club, Lockington Horse Trials, the Pony Club Association of SA and in Ex. Officio capacity for the Red Cross South Australian Youth Advisory Committee.



Maninder Kaur

Maninder Kaur

Age: 17

Location: Sydney

Born and raised in Tropical Far North Queensland and recently relocated to Sydney, Maninder Kaur is a young Sikh Australian activist.  Maninder has represented her local electorate at the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament and completed the global Education Perfect Science Championships in the top 1% of competitors. Currently, Maninder is studying a Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) majoring in microbiology and genomics at the University of Sydney.

Maninder is passionate about education, social justice, climate change, rights of refugees and addressing the global wealth disparity. She has a strong drive to see social change and is inspired by the journeys and determination of leaders like AOC.


Varsha Krithivasan

Varsha Krithivasan

Age: 19

Location: Sydney

Profile to come.


Heidi La Paglia

Heidi La Paglia

Age: 27

Location: Austins Ferry

Profile to come.


Shaylee Leach

Shaylee Leach

Age: 28

Location: Adelaide

Shay is a creative professional, podcaster, community advocate & media student, from regional South Australia, now based on Kaurna Land (Adelaide). She has worked as a community broadcaster at Radio Adelaide for 7+ years, & co-founded queer program ‘Pride & Prejudice’.

Shay is passionate about advocacy & education for chronic pain health issues endometriosis & PCOS as well as industrial issues for women in the workplace. She is a proud supporter of the ongoing campaign for the full decriminalisation of sex work. 

Shay enjoys following politics, comedy and true crime podcasts and some of her favourite feminists include Celeste Liddle, Janet Mock and Sofie Hagan.


Aurora Matchett

Aurora Matchett

Age: 17

Location: Sydney

Aurora is a year 12 student, feminist and disability advocate from Gymea NSW. For Aurora, her experiences as a young woman living with a disability drive her social justice journey. Aurora is passionate about body autonomy, sexual and reproductive rights, domestic violence and breaking down social stigmas and shame. Aurora’s vision for a gender equal society is one where women have the freedom make decisions and to live the way they chose, without being questioned.

Outside of studying Aurora loves to read, cook spend time with her Terrier dogs and watch TV crime shows.


Moana Prescott

Moana Prescott

Age: 23

Location: Canberra

Profile to come.


Aisha Setipa

Aisha Setipa

Age: 23

Location: Canberra

Profile to come.


Tina Tran

Tina Tran

Age: 24

Location: Adelaide

Profile to come.