YWCA Auckland: Our Story


YWCA Auckland (The Y) is a charitable organisation with a heritage of providing free community programmes in Auckland for more than 132 years. The Y is part of the world’s largest women’s organisation, a global network of 25 million women leading social and economic change in more than 125 countries worldwide.   Empowering young women is in our DNA.  

Historically, the YWCA movement has brought women together in all sorts of contexts – from affordable housing, to social clubs for women in segregated occupations, to groups for mothers isolated in new towns. During the 20th century, the emphasis on Christianity was replaced by an openness to women of all faiths and no faith. YWCA Auckland offers innovative multicultural and multi-faith projects and services strongly representing one of the biggest players fighting for young women and girl’s rights on the international stage.

We’re not done yet... lets not kid ourselves. When it comes to 100% opportunity for young women, there is still a long way to go. It will take the energy, ideas and commitment of women of all ages and beliefs to make the change we want.

WE ARE ALL WOMEN STANDING BEHIND YOUNG WOMEN for 100% SAFETY, OPPORTUNITY,  FREEDOM, CHOICE, FAIRNESS.