The YWCA Aotearoa New Zealand and YWCA Auckland, with the support of the Ministry for Women, are excited to announce the launch of ‘W’.
W stands for wāhine / women, and the W Directory aims to bring together the wide range of fantastic services, opportunities and cool stuff for wāhine in Aotearoa.
The ‘W’ Directory is a first of its kind in NZ, a digital hub and search engine that brings together all the organisations, services, funds and opportunities available to Kiwi women. It is designed to be used by all women in New Zealand regardless of their age and stage.
Users can search for services to support them in all aspects of their lives, including topics as diverse as health and wellbeing, parenting and personal development. It currently lists over 200 services nationwide and is still expanding.
New Zealand women are greatly in need for more information on the services available to them. “Our annual Insights research, undertaken among women between the ages of 16 - 60, has repeatedly shown that women urgently need information on help that’s available to them,” says YWCA Auckland acting-CEO Kat Doughty. “However they do not know where to access this information.”
Prior to The W, there was no database or overview of the services available to women in NZ. "The W directory was created to fill this need, so we may be better informed on how we can fill the gaps and avoid duplication when it comes to serving the needs of Kiwi women.” says Liv Doogue, Executive Officer of YWCA Aotearoa.
Furthermore in the wake of the #metoo movement, the need for women to be informed of and empowered in their options and choices has never been a more relevant. “One of the issues that arose from #metoo is that women feel they have limited resources for dealing with issues such as sexual harassment.” says Doughty. “However our mission is for every woman to know they have choices available to them. And hopefully The W directory can help by providing clear information on all the help and services available.”
The W site is live now at www.Wonline.nz.