Our History

Our History

World YWCA is a global network of women leading social and economic change in over 120 countries worldwide. Our global organisation advocates for peace, justice, human rights and care for the environment and has been at the forefront of raising the status of women for more than a century. Each year, it reaches more than 25 million women and girls through work in over 22,000 communities.

YWCA NSW was established in 1880 with a focus on supporting, educating and providing safe harbour for women. Over time, our work has expanded and includes programs and services for a wider community in terms of gender, age, cultural backgrounds and beliefs. These programs range from supported playgroups; literacy and numeracy support; respectful relationships education; Big Brothers, Big Sisters Programs; youth mentoring and leadership programs; right through to homelessness and domestic violence support services.

Our Vision

We share the vision of World YWCA of an equal, just and peaceful world, promoted and sustained by women’s leadership.

Our mission

We work together with women, children, young people and their families to find the possible in their lives.

Our values

We have INTEGRITY: we deliver what we promise
We are BOLD: we dare to stand up for what we believe
We CARE: we take the time to understand