UN Women’s Flagship Report

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29 April:  UN Women have launched their flagship report Progress of the World’s Women, titled “Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights”. Fusing human rights and economic policymaking, this report provides insight and analysis on what makes economies work for women, and how we can make them a reality, for the benefit of all.

It offers a comprehensive review on women’s rights around the world, and outlines policy priorities for governments to address in order to achieve social and economic equality.

 

World YWCA Day 24 April

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It’s our day today!

We are part of the world’s largest women’s organisation, a global network of 25 million women leading social and economic change in over 125 countries worldwide. That’s pretty amazing…

One of the World YWCA’s latest campaign is No Xcuses – to shine a light on violence against women. You can check out more on the campaign here.

You can check out more about World YWCA here.

Movie date? Or marathon date?

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Round the Bays – Check
We did it yayyy (sighs heard around the finish line!!!) Massive pat on the back, high 5s, and cheers to all those people who supported/ walked/ ran/ crawled to help YWCA Auckland. We appreciate all that you gave us whether you participated or donated.

the teamIf you saw us at the event and thought “now that looks like a team I want to support” or just want to show some love to YWCA Auckland it isn’t too late to donate.

You can support our awesome Future Leaders and their mentors by clicking here. We were all young women once – take the opportunity to support their potential. The Future Leaders programme gives young women the tools to blossom into leaders of tomorrow.

Side Note: As the end of the financial year approaches, don’t forget you can claim back a third of your donation.


It’s Y Day!!!! Bold and trans-formative leadership

On the 24th April we celebrate YWCA day around the world. On this day we appreciate the women who have laid down foundations for us and look to the new bold era of women to create pathways for the next generation.

Do you remember when you were a young woman, and someone saying they appreciated you (awards and achievements don’t count)? We can go through much of our younger life without really being appreciated and this is a pivotal stage in our lives. In today’s world we are constantly competing; competing for the job, the guy, the status. We forget to appreciate each other, we forget to look back and realise that someone new is beginning this journey.

So here’s the challenge: The theme of this day is bold and transformative leadership. On 24th April be bold enough to lead the movement. Turn to a young women (not just those you know) and say I appreciate you, you matter.


Future Leaders Fundraiser Pitch Perfect 2

Would you like to go the movies with us? Well, it’s a date!

On 23rd of May our Future Leaders who take part in the unique Future Leaders programme have organised a movie fundraiser. It will be held at Hoyts Cinema, Sylvia Park. Tickets are $20 and we’ll even throw in a few goodies, but we’ll keep those a surprise for date night.

Come along – bring your friends and family and join us for some sing alongs (in our heads of course) some LOL (laughing out loud) moments and just an all round good night.
Can’t wait to see all your beautiful faces there.

Please contact: kendal on kendal@akwyca.org.nz or give us a call on (09) 522 8219 to get your tickets.


Auckland Favourites 
We love Auckland and all the things you can do, see and play with.

FREE EVENTS
EASTER EVENTS
  • Easter Show 17-21 April – take the family along for entertainment  and fireworks – best bit it’s FREE!
  • Cadbury Eggstravaganza-  4th & 5th April – Easter egg hunt, bouncy castles. It’s a family outing-  awesome feature is it’s FREE!!!
  • Easter Sunday Carnival 5th April: Good food, fair rides, and an ice slide. Another awesomely FREE event for the family.

Auckland Marathon You ready for the next challenge?
Can we do it? Yes we can!!!!

Want to get fit? So do we!! Want to give back to young women? So do we!! Want to run with your group of friends? So do we!! I think we just became a match.

Auckland Marathon entries are now open. Now if you thought Round The Bays was fun wait till you get on the Auckland Marathon wagon. Get a group of friends together and help us fundraise for YWCA Auckland. We cant wait for you to join us as we tackle the Auckland marathon. Nothing like fresh air and good friends to run or walk with. Email liz@akywca.org.nz to get on that wagon.

PS: Just in case you’re thinking, no way, are you crazy, we’re a bit scared of this challenge too but we reckon we’ll feel amazing afterwards and we’re sure you will too.


YouthWeek_logo_2013_-_Copy We are the future/ko tatau te ao o apopo”

Nominate an Outstanding YWCA Future Leader to be celebrated in Youth Week.

23-31 May 2015: to celebrate Youth Week 2015 we’d love to acknowledge one of our YWCA Future Leaders (past or present) as an Outstanding Leader. She can have displayed her awesomeness in any setting, over time or in one particular situation. To nominate a Future Leader, click here. Once we have a short list, we’ll ask you, our lovely supporters to vote.

You will have the whole of April for nominations. On the 2nd of May voting will open and stay open till the 16th of May. Winner announced 25th May.


 

 

International Women’s Day 8 March

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The theme for International Women’s Day 2015 is Make It Happen, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women.

Thanks to Working Women’s Resource Centre Committee for providing the following resources towards making it happen:

The Hand Mirror is a feminist team blog featuring feminists who are either based in Aotearoa New Zealand or identify as from here.

Pacific Women’s Watch monitors, reviews and reports on the status of women in the Asia-Pacific region to ensure women in all countries in the Pacific sub-region coordinate in solidatrity of purpose to promote the advancement of women.

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Women The ITUC and its affiliated organisations work together to advance women’s rights and gender equality. The ITUC actively promotes equality at the workplace and the full integration of women in trade unions including their decision making bodies.

Fair Agenda is a new independent campaigning community focused on bringing Australians together in critical moments, to drive change that promotes fairness and equality for women.

Emily’s List (US) seeks to put women in office who can make significant contributions to education, health care, voting rights and economic equality.

Emily’s List Australia can provide you with opportunities to emplower your participation, develop your skills or garner support from a nationwide network of volunteers.

Women’s Agenda (Australia) is the digital destination where women (and men) help women achieve.

All the Way for Equal Pay (facebook page) campaign for equal pay in NZ based on the historic Employment Court decision about SFWU member Kristine Bartlett’s equal pay case

PSA Women’s network (facebook page) A place for women members to share experiences about work and organise around things that need to change.

UN Women (facebook page) is the UN agency for gender equality & women’s empowerment. It was established to accelerate progress on meeting the needs of women and girls worldwide

Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls (facebook page) encourages smart girls to volunteer and to be more curious about the world they live in and to provide a healthy alternative to so much that is being marketed to young people on the internet.

Nomsa, our rising fashion star

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Nomsa, one of our Future Leader graduates, is an aspiring fashion designer. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nomsa’s story is one of overcoming depression and persevering through difficult times. She features in the latest NZ Woman’s Weekly.

nomsa website

Thank you Outward Bound NZ

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Outward Bound New Zealand’s mission is inspiring personal and social development through value based experiential learning in an outdoor environment. Outward Bound is founded on universal values: Compassion, Greatness, Responsibility and Integrity – these values are mirrored in the four year YWCA Future Leaders programme and we are extremely grateful for the full scholarships they provide through our community partnership.

We have just received some thank you letters from our graduate Future Leaders who attended the January 21 day Classic course in Anakiwa and had to share them:

“Outward Bound will help me to achieve any goals I have. I know that hard work pays off. This experience has helped shape me into a better person. I can’t tell what kind of person I would be today without YWCA and I don’t want to know. I am happy with who I am and YWCA has had a great impact on me. YWCA is just such a positive organisation and I hope more girls will continue to grow with your guidance.”

“I would like to thank you for all you’ve done for me and allowing me to attend Outward Bound. I am still lost for words for what I experienced and I will forever embrace and remember my time there. Forever I will embrace every opportunity that YWCA has allowed me to take part in. Outward Bound has taught me to live in every moment, knowing that each one of us are in charge of our own happiness.”

We love our Future Leaders!

 

 

 

Become a mentor and help young women fulfil their potential…

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Few programmes in New Zealand provide long-term, individualised mentoring on a one to one basis. The opportunity for that kind of mentoring for young women from disadvantaged backgrounds is even less common. That’s what makes YWCA Auckland’s Future Leaders programme so unique, and why they’re looking to recruit more women with the skills and experience needed to make a real difference in the lives of young women.

Kendal Collins is one such woman making a real difference. Kendal spent four years working as a school social worker at Otahuhu College before joining the Future Leaders programme as a coordinator last year. She’s now urging women with similar backgrounds in social work, counselling or teaching to become mentors.

The Future Leaders programme was created to provide young women with skills development, new experiences and opportunities to support them in achieving their goals. This four year individualised leadership programme sees a young woman paired with a volunteer mentor, with activities and workshops planned throughout the year by YWCA Auckland.
Kendal says the kind of woman best suited to Future Leaders is “a woman who is passionate about making a difference in a young woman’s life. A bit of experience with youth, whether it be with your own children, in your work environment, or through your studies, would be perfect.”

Mentors are asked to commit to at least two years in the programme, to ensure continuity for the young women, many of whom have not always had reliable adult role models. “Women need to have the patience and time to guide a young woman during the two to four years of the programme – after all, time is what is most important to a young person,” says Kendal.
The benefits aren’t one-sided either. “Even though it is about helping and guiding the Future Leader, you will find yourself learning a lot from them. They will challenge your own values and ideas, and open you up to a whole other world.”

The programme can also help in a professional sense, providing individual and professional development for those who work with youth in a fun and positive way. “Being a mentor is a very rewarding role. You will have a positive impact on somebody’s life, help them to achieve their goals and watch them grow over the years,” adds Kendal.

Glenda Hoffman, who  won the 2014 Mentor of the Year award for the programme, agrees. “You find out so much about how young people think. If you haven’t got kids, it’s a great experience, but even if you do, it’s great to do something for the community, and watch them grow into amazing young women.” Glenda, a primary school teacher, is adamant that becoming a mentor is such a fantastic experience, she would recommend it to anyone.

The next day of mentor training is Saturday 31 January, and will match mentors with students from Onehunga High School and Mt Roskill Grammar School. Mentors from all over Auckland are welcome.

Become a Future Leaders mentor today! Contact the Future Leaders Team Leader Kelsi Cox on 09 522 8219 or via kelsi@akywca.org.nz to find out how you can make a difference in a young woman’s life.

Farewell to Encore

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Over the last ten years, YWCA Auckland has delivered Encore, a free gentle exercise programme for women who have had breast cancer treatment, helping over 3,000 women from Kerikeri down to Invercargill. Participants have ranged in age from 29 to 91, and over 80 women have trained to become facilitators.

Following research and needs assessment, the YWCA Auckland Board has re-evaluated its current programmes and has decided that the organisation needs to refocus efforts on younger women under the age of 40. This, combined with issues around the financial sustainability of the Encore programme, has led to the decision that YWCA Auckland will no longer be delivering Encore as of 2015.

YWCA Auckland is extremely grateful to the Encore facilitators and assistants who have facilitated local Encore programmes around the country. These incredible women have devoted their time, energy, passion and love to the programme, and Encore could not have reached so many women without their help.

Local funders, the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation, Ted & Mollie Carr Endowment and Weem Trusts have also helped make Encore a reality, and YWCA Auckland is very grateful for their support.

YWCA Auckland is committed to the current and future needs of young women in the Auckland area. We will meet these needs with the continuation and growth of the Future Leaders programme an emergent leadership programme for 14-18 year olds, and with a focus on financial literacy and pay equity further assisting unmet needs within the community we serve.

Encore photos from over the years here.

Honouring Dame Cath Tizard….

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New Zealand’s first female Governor General and Mayor of Auckland has been granted a Lifetime Achievement Award by YWCA Auckland, for her services to the Auckland community and acting as a role model for Kiwi women nationwide.

Dame Catherine Tizard has worked closely with YWCA Auckland for decades. She’s a Patron of their Future Leaders mentoring programme, has a lifetime membership and has been hugely supportive of the organisation’s endeavors since she first became involved with the YWCA attending some of their programmes when she was younger.

“Dame Catherine has been a true pioneer for women in New Zealand, working in positions of great responsibility, while balancing demands of motherhood and a public life,” says Monica Briggs, CEO of YWCA Auckland. “She truly embodies the values of YWCA Auckland, has personally supported our staff and programmes, and has always conducted herself with indomitable style!”

Dame Catherine’s interest in Future Leaders developed when she attended the first YWCA Leading Women dinner more than ten years ago. She was one of the guest speakers at the dinner in her role as governor general so was present to see the Future Leaders programme launched. “I was very impressed,” she says. “The mentors really got something from the experience, and the success rate of mentees was amazing. I spoke to young women who had been planning to drop out of school, but after their involvement with the programme, wanted to go on to higher education.”

Future Leaders supports young women to achieve their goals, offering skills development, new experiences and opportunities. The individualised leadership programme sees young women paired with a mentor, with activities and workshops planned throughout the year by YWCA Auckland.

YWCA Auckland are passionate advocates of young women’s leadership development, and value having a role model like Dame Catherine who supports their work. “She’s a woman of many strengths,” says Vanessa Ceelen, YWCA Auckland President.

“She’s had four children, an enviable career, and has made huge contributions to women being involved in the public sector. But what we really respect her for, and why we think she is so deserving of this award is that she has accomplished all this with a bright smile, encouraging words, and a willingness to roll her sleeves up and get involved.”

Dame Catherine says she supports YWCA Auckland’s work because “in many ways, societal expectations of women haven’t changed. It’s still often assumed that they will take on roles of support, be mothers and wives, and not much else beyond that.”

As a society, New Zealand’s professional attitudes towards women have come a long way, but there is room for development yet. “YWCA Auckland works to expand their horizons, and I am proud to support that, to show up, to contribute, to be involved. It’s important that young women and their families understand their potential and what they are capable of.”
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New directions….

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Thanks to ellen & ellen we have just published our Strategic Plan 2014-2016, outlining our strategic themes for women aged under 40 years:

  • Leadership
  • Economic independence
  • Safe spaces
  • Wellbeing

Our key drivers:

  1. Understand and respond to the changing needs of our women.
  2. Create and deliver added value for young women in the Auckland area.
  3. Build upon the strong and self-sustaining legacy of YWCA Auckland.
  4. Collaborate with other organisations to enhance outcomes for young women in Auckland.
  5. Grow our programmes and thrive as an organisation to respond to community needs.
  6. Explore different options around financing the work of YWCA Auckland.
  7. Create a road map to guide future investment and activity of YWCA Auckland.

Because every woman deserves choice……..

Full Plan here.

 

 

YWCA Auckland programmes receive generous support from...
  • ASB Community Trust

  • HSBC Bank - New Zealand

    Perpetual Guardian
  • The trusts charitable foundation
    Skycity Auckland Community Trust

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