YWCA is an advocacy organisation which represents the interests of young women. YWCA Adelaide’s advocacy is grounded in its policy priorities, reflects its program goals, and speaks on behalf of its membership to work towards our vision of stronger communities through the leadership of women and girls.

World YWCA leads the global advocacy of the organisation. World YWCA develops women’s leadership to find local solutions to the global inequalities women face. Each year, it reaches more than 25 million women and girls through work in over 22,000 communities. Through advocacy, training and development the World YWCA empowers women, including young women, to lead social change. This grassroots development experience shapes the organisation’s global advocacy agenda.

A human rights framework and the Millennium Development Goals guide YWCA advocacy and services, which seek to empower women and girls and bring practical experience from the community level to national, regional and international policy makers. The movement is also guided in its work by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Platform for Action, the Declaration of Commitment on HIV and AIDS, as well as the agenda of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).

World YWCA works in collaboration with many partner organisations and networks to advance its advocacy and programme work, including women’s networks, ecumenical, youth and international organisations, and UN agencies operating with women and young women.