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Each month we celebrate the achievements and milestones of women throughout history.

YWCA Performs Its History: A Journey Into the Archive!

Our Historical Programs Coordinator, Jennifer, writes "Although the YWCA have been primarily concerned with making a difference in the lives of women, a necessary complement to that goal is fundraising. One of the most popular forms of fundraising until the latter half of the twentieth century (when the form dropped off quite quickly in popularity) was the Pageant. Not of the beauty variety, these pageants featured YWCA members in elaborate costumes who would perform historical scenes of interest to the community."

Winkara Club- A Snippet from the YWCA History Archive

Our Historical Coordinator, Jennifer writes- "I’m not sure I have too much to say about this club programme from 1932. But its just the kind of document I love finding in the YWCA Archive. Its so personal and carefully done."

More Housing for Women Facing Homelessness!

YWCA Housing are pleased to announce some new properties on the roster!


Christmas is close! Frighteningly close! And we tell you what, it might be the holidays but the search for gender equality certainly doesn’t take a break. No siree.  So! With that in mind, we’ve selected some ethical, feminist gifts for the patriarchy smashers in your life.

Take #2 - More Women for Local Governments - What Now?

Women now make up 38% of councillors across Victorian local governments, and almost half of all Councils have a critical mass of elected women at 40% or more. So what now? Linda Bennett from GoWomenLG continues her blog.


Feminist News Round Up November!

A month of firsts for Australian women! Our first High Court Chief Justice and Australian Rally Championship winner!  Good news for domestic violence funding, endometriosis sufferers and for a young refugee politician in Mennisota.  Don't even get us started about Bono winning best woman of the year! All this and more in Feminist News Round Up this November!

TINAtalks 6 Tackles the US Election

Join the YWCA of Victoria and fearless feminist warrior/author/journalist and host Clementine Ford for a spirited discussion surrounding the recent U.S election- the who, what, where, how and whys- and the implications on Australia.

YWCA's New Scholarship Program Aims to Educate and Empower Young Women

At this year's YWCA AGM we saw the launch of our first scholarship program designed to assist the further education of some of the amazing women we've engaged with.

PAST- TINATALKS # 6: The Trump Card- Rage, Race and the Right

Join the YWCA of Victoria and fearless feminist warrior/author/journalist and host Clementine Ford for a spirited discussion surrounding the recent U.S election- the who, what, where, how and whys- and the implications on Australia.

YWCA Unites to Better Serve Girls and Young Women!

We are one step closer to becoming a national voice of young women.

Women Win BIG at Council!

More women for local governments!

The voters have spoken and a record number of women councillors have been elected across 78 councils in Victorian Local Government elections in the past weeks. Guest blogger, Linda Bennett from GoWomenLG has it covered.

Feminist News Round Up - October!

Poland women on strike, boots off for AFL, men's rights doco canned and much more in our Feminist news roundup this October!

It's Time For Our AGM- We Want YOU To Come!

Friends and members! It's that time of year again and we'd love to see all of your faces..

Candidate Close-Up: Jessica O'Donnell

We're continuing our focus on bright and progressive women candidates in the upcoming council elections! Today, we chat to Jessica O'Donnell, who is running for Baw Baw Council.

Candidate Close Up: Steph Amir

We continue our discussion with local council candidates! Next up on the Y Podium- Steph Amir!

Candidate Close Up: Brooke Wandin

In the lead-up to Victorian council elections, we chat with young female candidates! Here's Candidate for City of Melbourne, Brooke Wandin.

Join the Young Women's Taskforce!

The YWCA movement is opening up the call for applicants to its Young Women’s Task Force. Under 30? A member of any YWCA? Read on!

Candidate Close-Up: Susanne Newton

In the lead-up to Victorian council elections, we chat with young female candidates! First up, the Greens Candidate for Darebin, La Trobe Ward, Susanne Newton.

Did You Miss Out On TINAtalks #5?

Never fear, we've popped up the video for your viewing pleasure. Featuring host Jenny Valentish with guests Adalita, Lisa Carver and Michelle Law.

September Member of the Month

Each month we select one of our amazing members to tell us a little about themselves, why they are members of the Y and what they hope for the Y community to achieve.

Gift Box Organic

Gift Box is a tampon company with a heart. It's a one-for-one social enterprise - for every box of organic tampons purchased, a box will be donated to women who are homeless and cannot access sanitary care. Think Tom's Shoes and Who Gives a Crap toilet paper. Instead of the profits of essential products going into big corporations, Gift Box will sell high quality organic tampons in stores and online, and use the profits to gives back to women in need. 

Feminist News Round Up - September!

A female majority cabinet, Australian Pay Gap Day, H&M's contraversial "feminist" ad campaign and much more in our Feminist news roundup this September!

What is Australian Pay Gap Day?

On September 8th this year will be Australian’s next Pay Gap Day, but many are unclear on what this actually is or what it means. The Australia Pay Gap Day is held on a different day annually, calculated by the number of days from the end of the last financial year (starting on July 1st) that it would take women to earn as much as men. The eventual goal of Pay Gap Day is that an Equal Pay Day will one day be celebrated on June 30, when pay equality for all genders is finally accomplished.

Thursdays in Black

The Thursdays in Black campaign is an international campaign that has long been advocating and raising awareness for the end of violence against women. YWCA Victoria has initiated a local campaign aimed at Victorians to show solidarity with victims of gender violence and to raise funds for YWCA's women's housing and education programs. 

Red Alert! Big Changes to Report!

We're having some THOUGHTS over here at the Y. Some BIG ONES. As you might know, YWCA started here in Melbourne in 1882 and spread like wildfire throughout the country by the turn of the century. Now, 134 years later, we're considering amalgamation- meaning that we'd be one national entity instead of Y's spread throughout different cities and states. We're considering whether this model would improve our organisation and our work. We're calling this the SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT and we're pretty interested to hear what YOU think. If you're a member, you'll be voting on this at our AGM which goes down on 27 October 2016. We want to hear what you think before then too. Read on for details..

Feminist News Round Up - August!

The Rio Olympics highlights gender inequality, sexism and sexualisation that still exists within the sporting world, Obama captures our heart again with letter on what feminism means to him and "let them eat cake" comment backfires on UK MP Philip Davies.

Rowing and Feminism. Chatting to Olympic Rower Lucy Stephan

We had a chat to now Olympian rower Lucy Stephan in light of last week's decision to send the Australian Women's Eight Rowing Team to Rio Olympics. 

Help Us Find Some Homes!

Are you one of those people that love cruising real estate websites? Snoop around places with "For Sale" signs? Attend open houses with no intention to buy? That's actually just us being creepy, isn't it?
Okay, but seriously, we've been hard at work fundraising and doing some very significant planning and have some exciting projects to report. BUT we still need your help.

Travellers Aid Helping Women for 100 Years

Independent Organisation, Traveller's Aid, has been helping women with accessible and safe travel aid for 100 years  




Monash University- Stepping Up For A Good Cause!

The winter cold isn’t enough to stop the Monash College walking group at the Clayton campus from pounding the pavement for a good cause!

Feminist News Round Up - July!

The spice girls urges women to say #WhatIReallyReallyWant, Van Banham knocks anti-equality language out of the park and the all-female-lead Ghostbusters hits cinemas this July!

Psychosocial Water Torture

I do not know my birthday because I do not know my birth date. I am adopted. I was brought to Australia from Ethiopia at six months of age after spending a unknown number of days abandoned in the street. I was raised by two white parents, and I have two white older brothers

Feminist News Roundup- June!

No real flow on tampon tax, victims speak up, and rapping lit our fem fire this June!

Moving with the times

June, 2016: Bendigo Magazine Editorial Piece

The YWCA has been part of our culture for almost 150 years. Even so, the organisation continues to evolve and strive to meet the needs of a contemporary community and is calling on Bendigo's women to join it's ranks.