About

Young Women's Trust is a feminist organisation working to achieve economic justice for young women.

Young Women’s Trust offers support to young women aged 18 to 30, who are living on low or no pay and want to build a better future.

We campaign for young women’s equality in the workplace and our research examines what young women’s lives are really like.

Young women are at the centre of the charity’s work: leading, designing and participating.

Young Women’s Trust stands up for equality for young women in the UK. They do this by carrying out policy research, campaigning for change and reaching out to young women across the UK, helping them get skills and opportunities to speak truth to power. They hold women at the heart of what they do and want to get women’s experiences understood by the government.

Yogi, Advisory Panel member

Our goals

  • Unlock young women’s potential
  • Smash career stereotypes
  • Value women’s unpaid work
  • Build equal workplaces

Our principles

  • We stand shoulder to shoulder with all women, no matter their race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic background, disability, neurodiversity, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
  • We cheer our common ground and shared experiences. And we embrace and celebrate our differences.
  • We always seek to succeed by the power of our campaigns and our arguments, never by silencing those who have different opinions.
  • We make room for all voices and allow a safe space for everyone who wishes to debate in good faith.
  • We recognise that women’s rights are human rights and that no-one’s rights can come at the expense of others’.
  • We share our experiences both to demonstrate difficulties and to show our resourcefulness and courage.

Read our mission, vision and values

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How we work with young women 

Young women are at the centre of the charity’s work: leading, designing and participating.

Our Young Women’s Advisory Panel is a group of 30 young women who have experience of living on low or no pay. They guide the work Young Women’s Trust do by taking part in discussions, interviewing new staff, talking to the media and writing for our blog.

Find out more about the Advisory Panel

Support us

Donating to Young Women’s Trust today will power the change we need to win economic justice for all young women.

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Equity, diversity and inclusion

Young Women’s Trust aspires to be a genuinely inclusive charity.

We aim to achieve this through diverse representation at all levels within our staff team and our board.

We ensure that our charitable activities are accessible and represent all young women. We make sure our work is informed by the views, perspectives and lived experience of the young women we support and represent. We believe that principles of equity, diversity and inclusion are central to our work, culture and our impact. We aim to embed these principles in all that we do.

Our history

Young Women’s Trust started its journey as part of the YWCA, which was founded in 1855. It was rebranded as non-religious organisation Platform 51 before becoming Young Women’s Trust in 2013.

Read our annual report for 2020/21 [pdf download]

Find out more about us

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Our team

Meet the team fighting for economic justice for young women.

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Our mission, vision and values

Our mission is to give economic power to young women. To challenge sexist work roles and rebuild workplaces free from discrimination and inequality.

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Join our team

Find out what opportunities there are to join Young Women’s Trust team