Advocacy is at the heart of the work we do at YWCA Canberra, and with the vision of girls and women thriving, we strengthen communities by supporting girls and women through our services and advocacy.

Our advocacy agenda is directly informed by the work that YWCA Canberra undertakes across the ACT, drawing on the evidence and knowledge generated by our programs, services, and the research we undertake.

YWCA Canberra’s approach to advocacy

1. Partnership and solidarity

We work in partnership with other women’s organisations and across sectors to progress gender equality.

2. Membership informed

YWCA Canberra wants to see a world where women are leaders in their communities and participate in decision-making processes on a local, national and international level.

Through regular surveys of our supporters and members, as well as through our advocacy publication, Action Matters, our members have the opportunity to contribute to our policy priorities and share their experiences in the interest of our informed and progressive advocacy agenda. You can become a member today.

3. Grassroots to the global level

As a member of World YWCA, YWCA Canberra stands in solidarity with women across the world.

We participate in global policy fora such as the Commission of the Status of Women, to ensure that women’s voices are heard at the highest levels of decision making.

4. Achieving progressive reform

Our advocacy model is bipartisan and professional, working across political lines to achieve the best outcomes for women, girls, non-binary people and families in Canberra. We advocate to the highest levels of government for reform and investment that will deliver for the community.

Our approach has contributed to significant law reform in the space of sexual consent, addressing family violence and better support for early educators and the women’s sector more broadly.