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About us

Our History

The Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) was the daughter of the industrial revolution, which, from the middle of the nineteenth century started the movement of women and girls out of the home and rural areas and into factories throughout the Western world.

Organisational Structure

The World YWCA Council is the quadrennial legislative meeting of the World YWCA, which brings together over 600 representatives from over 108 member associations affiliated to the global YWCA movement.

World Office Staff

There are currently 15 staff members representing 13 different nationalities based at the World YWCA headquarters and supporting YWCA work around the world. All staff can be reached at worldoffice@worldywca.org .

Constitution

The World YWCA Constitution was revised during the World YWCA Council in Zurich, Switzerland, 2011 after a valuable process of consultations and dialogue between national associations, local associations, the World YWCA Task force, executive committee and staff.

Statement of Policy

The World YWCA Statements of Policy 1894-2007 is a compendium of all official statements made during the World YWCA Councils, the official legislative body of the YWCA movement.

Strategic Framework 2012 - 2015

For over 150 years, the World YWCA movement has advanced the status of women and girls worldwide, promoting young women’s active leadership on issues affecting their lives, and bringing the voices of women from grassroots communities into global debates.