World Young Women's Christian Association (World Y.W.C.A .1855 -)
- Social action organisation, Women's Rights Organisation, Welfare organisation, Women's refuge, Voluntary organisation and Social support organisation
- 489 Elizabeth Street Melbourne Victoria 3000
Whilst initially of fundamentally religious character -- inherited from founding principles (i.e. Emma Robarts' Prayer Union founded 1844) - the Young Women's Christian Association of Melbourne (YWCA of Melbourne) began as other Young Women's Christian Association's - predominantly in response to urbanisation and the particular challenges this posed for women (particularly working women). The Association's life span (before a name change in 1999) saw that focus shift in concert with changing economic and social issues; from urban challenges, to suburban ones and finally to state wide issues (hence the name change to Young Women's Christian Association Victoria).