July/August 2019 Newsletter

We are recruiting!

YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand is seeking new non-executive board members. We are open to applications from skilled women, from anywhere in Aotearoa New Zealand, who can make a positive contribution to our strategic development.

If you are an advocate for women's rights, want to positively impact the future for the women and young women of New Zealand, and have skills and networks that will support our cause, we would love to to hear from you. Details are on our website.

Click to view our Strategic Plan 2019-2023.

Please feel free to share this opportunity.

Women of the Y

The YWCA is brimming with smart and dedicated women whose passion is to make a real difference for women and young women. We would love for you to get to know these wonderful wahine, so will be sharing about them and their work in our Women of the Y series over the coming months.

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Meet Zoe Brownlie

Zoe joined YWCA Auckland earlier this year as Workplace Programme Support and her first project is a big one - the 6th annual Equal Pay Awards (more on the Awards below).

We chatted to Zoe about feminism, our young women, and what she loves about the Y.

To get the ball rolling, tell us a little about yourself.

My name’s Zoe and I joined the Auckland ‘Y’ three months ago as the Workplace Programme Lead. My career so far has focussed around wellbeing; both for young people (healthy relationships, sexual health, and bullying), and for women in the workplace. I’m into equity, especially for young people and women, shared parenting and unpaid work, travel education, co-design, Te Ao Māori, and voting rights. Oh, and world peace.... read on

YWCA Equal Pay Awards

Entries are now open for the 2019 awards!

The YWCA Equal Pay Awards, now in their 6th year, are an opportunity for businesses to prove their commitment to gender equity in their workplace and be measured against other progressive companies. It also presents an opportunity to stand alongside other thought leaders and inspire organisations throughout New Zealand to address gender pay disparity.

The Awards recognise organisations in the following categories:

  1. Innovation: stand out initiatives making high, impactful change

  2. Leadership: leading the way and exemplifying excellence

  3. Progressive: long-term sustainable commitment to equal pay

  4. On the journey: taking the first steps

  5. Community: specifically for not for profits and 'profit for purpose'

  6. Champion: for an individual who is making a difference and taking a stand on equal pay.

Head on over to the Awards home page to learn more, and if you have any questions, you can contact Zoe Brownlie at YWCA Auckland on 021 946 993 or zoe@akywca.org.nz.

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Have your say!

On 12 October 2019, everyone who is aged 18 years or older, is a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, and has lived in New Zealand continuously for 12 months or more at some time in their life, is entitled to vote in the local elections.

The result of the elections will decide who is on your local council, regional council, district health board, and other important organisations in your area. We only get this one opportunity to have our say and those elected will get to make decisions that affect our daily life and the future of our towns or cities for the next three years.


You must be enrolled to exercise your right to vote.

If you are not yet enrolled, or want to learn more, check out the government's local councils website for easy-read info and a timeline. There is also a wealth of information on the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) website.

We encourage women and young women of all ages to take advantage of this opportunity to have a say in the future of their communities, and you can do this too - talk to the women in your life, get a conversation going, discuss the issues, form an opinion, then read up on which of your local representatives stand for what you believe in... then Vote!

Women fought long and hard for our rights, now let us exercise them!

#Vote2019NZ #VoteLocalNZ #Stand2019

Women of the Waikato

Grab this fantastic opportunity to hear first-hand from the women standing for your local Council.

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Women Deliver

In June, YWCA Auckland CEO, Dellwyn Stuart, attended Women Deliver, the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women. The theme of the conference was Power. Progress. Change. and the insights gained were compelling and thought provoking.

While there, Dellwyn had the opportunity to meet with a dozen women from YWCAs all around the world over dinner, including Casey Harden, General Secretary of the World YWCA.

You can read about Dellwyn's experience here.