Who We Are


Our vision is of a fully inclusive world where divisions based on gender, age, race, ethnicity, culture and religion no longer exist and in which justice, peace health, human dignity and care for the environment are promoted and sustained.


The YWCA is an international movement in over 100 countries.  It is sustained by a diversity of beliefs, faiths and values and works towards social, political, economic and emotional well being of women.  The YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand (YWCA A/NZ) and World YWCA are involved in advocacy in international and national issues affecting young women, women and young people.

New Zealand has a particular commitment to women’s holistic growth and leadership and strong dedication to peace, freedom, justice and dignity for all people.

The YWCA is a leading voice for women in New Zealand providing advocacy as well as successful programmes that improve the lives of women.

While we have embraced new ways of working and are tackling contemporary social issues, we continue to focus on empowering women and girls to lead social change.

Each year we witness the positive impact of our focus on women’s leadership. Women are leading long-term sustainable change in their local communities and developing effective responses to issues such as unemployment, disenfranchisement, mental health problems, and disconnectedness.

The YWCA is about helping women and girls develop into leaders who work for change in their communities, often in difficult and challenging conditions.

Many thanks to all our funders, without their support we could not provide the important services we do.

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