About Us

YWCA Canberra is a feminist, secular, not-for-profit organisation that has provided community services and represented women’s issues in Canberra since 1929.

Through our national Member Association, YWCA Australia, we are part of the World YWCA network, which connects 125 countries across the globe.

Our rich history of supporting women and girls in Canberra through the Great Depression, the Second World War, and the rapid social and cultural changes Canberra has experienced in recent years, continues to inform and influence our work.

Today we provide quality, innovative services for women, girls and families in the ACT and surrounding regions. We work in the areas of children’s services, community development, housing, youth services, personal and professional training, women’s leadership and advocacy.

As a membership-based, non-religious organisation, we encourage the participation of people of all cultures, beliefs and ages in our movement. Strengthened by diversity, we welcome members who are committed to recognising and celebrating the value of every human being.

YWCA Canberra Constitution with 2014 Amendments

YWCA Canberra 2015-2016 Annual Report

YWCA Canberra Audited Financial Statements 2015-16

Our vision

Women shaping our communities.

Our purpose

Empower women, young women and girls to achieve equality for all.

Our motivation

As a feminist organisation, YWCA Canberra believes that everyone has the right to contribute to, and share equally in, the benefits of the community’s social, cultural and economic development.

We will work towards a world where reconciliation, justice, peace, health, human dignity, freedom and care for the environment are promoted and sustained through women’s leadership.

In all of our work, we apply a human rights-based approach by realising women’s rights and the rights of vulnerable people in the Canberra community.

Our values

The values which guide and inspire our work are:

  • Leadership – We develop the leadership of women, young women and girls.
  • Equality – We ensure equality of opportunity, rights and access to social, cultural, economic well being are promoted in all the work we do.
  • Advocacy – We are a feminist organisation. We advocate to improve the quality of life of women, families and communities across the ACT.
  • Diversity – We value the diversity of people in our community and respect differences in culture, race, religion, sexuality, abilities and lifestyles.
  • Empowerment – We support women’s self determination through the provision of information, skills and resources.
  • Reconciliation – We work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to improve the wellbeing of the whole community.
  • Stewardship – We manage our financial and environmental resources to bring about maximum benefit to the Canberra community.