YWCA Darwin has been operating since 1969 and became incorporated under the Associations Act in 1977.
Like many YWCAs around the world, the initial focus of the organisation was to provide accommodation to young women, and to that end, Banyan View Lodge was established in Mitchell Street in 1974, just before Cyclone Tracey. The intention was to provide safe and affordable accommodation for young women who had come to Darwin for work.
YWCA Darwin has expanded to provide a diverse range of programs that address the needs of different groups in the community. YWCA Darwin is a feminist organisation with a social justice agenda. We are committed to:
- promoting women and girls full and equal participation at all levels of society
- working for social and economic justice for women and girls
- mobilizing women's collective power for action on issues of vital concern in the Northern Territory, in particular violence against girls, women and their families and the impact of homelessness on women and girls.