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YWCAs across Australia are ONE

Today begins a new era for the YWCA. YWCA is now cemented as a leading national feminist organisation with a united voice to ensure all women, young women and girls are safe and respected, with equal access to power, opportunity and resources.

With the merger of YWCA Adelaide, Albury-Wodonga, Broken Hill, Darwin, NSW, Perth, Queensland and Victoria the YWCA is a prominent for purpose national organisation with more than 300 team members dedicated to supporting women to have greater opportunities across Australia.

This is a milestone for the YWCA movement, a movement that has a global reach and a rich history of more than 130 years in Australia. The national merger decision has been more than three years in the making, including consultation with a wide range of experts, consultants and not-for-profit peer organisations. The decision to merge was informed by the opportunity to create a sustainable organisation and to thrive in a changing sector.

“YWCAs around Australia have contributed significant impact for girls, young women, women in our communities. Now as one organisation we are in a strong position to drive forward a global agenda for equal opportunities for women.” said Michelle Phillips, CEO of YWCA Australia “it is also important to retain a local focus to ensure Australia’s diverse communities of women continue to be well supported.

Julie Boyd YWCA Australia President says of the merge “The YWCA in Australia is a remarkable organisation, shaped through the generations by inspiring women. We will continue being courageous and look forward working with key stakeholders to increase the opportunities for women across Australia.”

The Hon. Kelly O’Dwyer MP, Minister for Women added “For well over a century the YWCA has played an important role in supporting Australian women through advocacy, programs and services that develop women’s leadership; support individuals, their families and communities at critical times; and promote gender equality—all important priorities for the Turnbull Government.

I look forward to working with YWCA Australia to achieve further positive change for Australian women.”
YWCA Australia is a strong, unified, national, feminist organisation of women, young women and girls, working to achieve gender equality.

For further information or interview requests contact:
Vanessa Beggs
P. 0414 889 474 E. vanessab@ywcansw.com.au

 

 

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