YWCA Australia

Programs for women and girls

YWCA Australia is the national association of YWCAs in Australia. YWCAs started working in Australia in the 1870s and continue today to improve lives in Australia by developing women's and girls' leadership and providing vital community programs and services in local Australian communities. Our programs and services reach over 250,000 people each year in more than 270 sites in rural, regional and urban Australia.

We are part of the global YWCA movement that is active in 125 countries with a 150 year history of leading change.

Donations will be used to support our two national programs - Every Girl, a national young women's leadership program and Encore, a gentle exercise program for women who have experienced breast cancer.

Every Girl is a new program that will develop positive self esteem and resilience among girls aged 8-14 years old from disadvantaged communities. It will provide girls with the tools to realise their full potential, build upon their strengths and participate fully in their community.

Poor self esteem is on the rise among girls in Australia, which is having a profound effect on their development now, and in the long term on the achievement of gender equality in Australia. Early intervention is needed to address unacceptably high levels of violence and sexually assault experienced by women in Australia, negative body image, eating disorders, bullying and other issues challenging our girls.

Every Girl will be offered free of charge to girls from locations of greatest disadvantage across Australia. It will provide a flexible and adaptable model that can be replicated in a variety of settings, such as schools or community groups. Because every girl deserves to thrive...

Encore is an 8-week program for women who have experienced breast cancer, provided free of charge. Encore is proven to help women deal with the after-effects of breast cancer surgery and treatment, restoring their mobility, flexibility and confidence through gentle exercise and peer support.

Encore is delivered nationally at more than 40 locations across Australia. YWCA Australia pioneered breast cancer care in Australia 27 years ago with the introduction of Encore, having identified an unmet need among the growing number of women being diagnosed with breast cancer. The program is highly regarded by medical professionals and breast cancer organisations and is unlike any other program available for women who have experienced breast cancer.

Contact Details

GPO Box 2082

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Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.

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