The YWCA works as a voice for women by representing and promoting women’s perspectives on relevant issues.  We actively connect with other organisations and speak out on issues that relate to women, especially young women.

We were a key agency in the Prostitutes Law Reform Bill and Paid Parental Leave Legislation.  The YWCA as a staunch feminist movement has mellowed slightly to have a much stronger focus on human rights and social justice issues to eliminate all forms of oppression and violence against women and children. 

As well as speaking out on issues, we support young women that wish to have a voice for themselves and other young women in their region.  Our Do It Yourself resource – which was developed by young women – provides how-to guidance on developing an action plan for creating change.

Our key messages may be delivered to decision and policy makers through making submissions, to the wider community through encouraging awareness of issues affecting women, and/or through supporting established campaigns to encourage action.

We welcome opportunities to speak at public meetings, networking and other events about issues for women, particularly in women’s leadership and opportunities for young women.

Collectively YWCA Member Associations across Aotearoa New Zealand have made submissions and encouraged young women’s participation and citizenship on a range of topics including:

  • Pay Equity & the Equal Pay Awards

  • Paid Parental Leave

  • Enroll! Vote! Make Women Count (Election awareness campaign)


  • Alcohol

  • Education

  • Prostitutes Law Reform

  • Modernising the Charities Act 2019 

  • Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Display of Low-alcohol Beverages and other Remedial Matter) Amendment Bill

  • Social security Rewrite Bill

  • Social Record Submission

  • Wrote to NZ rep of UN Security Council urging to vote for a woman for new Secretary- General of UN

  • Lobbied Phil Goff re: Equal Pay City

  • Discussed CEDAW submission with women’s health action

  • Wrote to Hon M Woodhouse to support Domestic Violence – Victim’s Protection Bill

  • Through PECC submitted on consultation around changes to Equal Pay Act