About Us

Our Story

How YWCA of Bombay Began!

In India, YWCA’s history dates back to 1875 when the first local association was established in Bombay (Mumbai). This was followed by a formal set-up of the institution in the year 1896 at the National level, the YWCA of India in New Delhi. Having established in 1875, the YWCA of Bombay is one of the oldest non-profit community service organizations for women in India, which is based on the Biblical Principle ’Love Thy Neighbour as Thyself’.

..Since.. 1875

Our Belief

This movement which was based on prayer and service adopted the Blue Triangle as its symbol. The Blue Triangle signifies the unity and completeness of body, mind and spirit.

Our Belief

This movement which was based on prayer and service adopted the Blue Triangle as its symbol. The Blue Triangle signifies the unity and completeness of body, mind and spirit.

Primary Task

It seeks to bring justice and equality for women across all faiths, cultural, economic and social mileu, whether at home or at the workplace, with special emphasis on the girl child. It aims to build self -esteem through its various programmes of literacy, self-employment through training programmes, and balwadis for the underprivileged and marginalized girls of the community.

Our Commitments

  • To empower women to demand justice against social, cultural, economic and political injustice and enable them to address issues, initiate action, and be agents of change at the grass root level.  
  •  As inheritors of the Christian faith and heritage, be called upon to be initiators of change through selfless love, service and sacrifice.
  • To sensitize our communities especially the women, underprivileged and marginalized, and educate them about prevalence of violence against women and children, and struggle for the elimination of all forms of violence and discrimination against them.
  • Provide support and opportunities for women, young women, and girls to become leaders and change-makers who not only protect their rights and impact their communities, but inspire their peers to do the same.
  • To build awareness about public participation in decision-making process, and an advocating spirit towards issues of health care, educational needs, degradation of environment and effective implementation of legal provisions.
  • To initiate and advocate attitudinal changes in family, society and to promote change in society and in state policy.
  • To network and work with other human rights organizations, towards greater interest of the society.
  • To implement the UN Sustainable Developmental Goals 2030 at the local level

About Us

Our Mission

To reach out to victims of economic and social injustice and those who are manipulated by socio-religious and political power.

Our Vision

To empower women at all levels to struggle for justice.

Our Motto




Various Women’s developmental programmes are conducted at both Byculla and Asha Kiran, Andheri to make women self-reliant in their walk of life.
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A ’Ray of Hope‘, as the name signifies, is what Asha Kiran is to its beneficiaries. Located in Andheri West, Mumbai, it not only serves as a platform for women and children to express themselves but is a refuge for the distressed. For more information click here


Once Homeless, but Helpless no more! a safe space, shelter & rehabilitation centre for women & children in distress ,YWCA of Bombay provides shelter for the vulnerable sections of society at UMEED and ASHRAYA NIVARA KENDRA at Borivali East & West, Mumbai. It provides a ray of Hope to the urban homeless, dependent and minor children, the mentally/gravely ill and recovering, infirm, victims of crime, destitute/ single women and other similar cases. For more information click here.


The Public Affairs and Social Issues (PASI) provides a platform for Advocacy and Civic Engagements for promoting awareness about critical social issues (especially those related to women and children) and advocating, sensitizing and educating the public about the same. For more information click here.


A Platform for Engagement: By the Youth & For the Youth, PIYA committee provides a medium for reaching out to the youth of our society through its young and socially responsible members. It strives to help members develop personally, spiritually, and professionally through various workshops and sessions. For more information click here.


A Home away from Home, YWCA of Bombay continues to be a highly sought-after place and a safe space for accommodation of girls and women who travel to Mumbai for work and educational purposes. For more information click here.


Situated in the heart of the financial, and cultural hub of Mumbai, the YWCA International Centre, offers an ideal haven for transit guests both from India and abroad. For more information click here.


The YWCA being a volunteer based movement, the Membership Committee aims to develop a community that caters through service to the needs of a changing world. Apart from building a grass root community that aims to transform lives of the women and children in the society, it also organises various programmes for its Members like World YWCA Membership Day, Sacred Music, Evening of Carols, Ekta etc are organized each year. For more information click here.


The Spiritual Emphasis Committee aims to encounter with one’s own “inner dimension through spiritual and moral values, for overall growth and transformation of mind, body and soul.For more information click here.

Public Relations

Public Relations (PR) Committee is the brand manager of YWCA of Bombay. It engages with both the internal and the external stakeholders of the YWCA. The Committee strives to create awareness of the vision, mission, programmes, activities and facilities of YWCA of Bombay through various social media platforms, traditional media and in-person engagements.For more information please click on the link.


YWCA of Bombay serves as the NGO representative on the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) of various organisations and conducts training programmes on the awareness and guidelines on Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace (POSH) as a preventive effort. For more information click here.


The YWCA of Bombay is registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 under Act No. 44 dated 06-08-1952 and of the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950 under No. F/388 (Bom.) dated 13-07-1953.