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.

Our Vision

Be the place & the voice of women in Australia

Our mission

To build a strong, disruptive, independent organisation of women, for women

Our purpose

Building a better Australia through the power of women