World YWCA Day
World YWCA Day is celebrated annually on April 24 and is an opportunity for YWCAs around the world to commemorate the history of this special movement.
Since 1947, World YWCA Day has been celebrated annually with a theme and programme that enables members to act locally in relation to the theme for the year. Some of the early themes included: My Contribution to World Peace (1952), Towards One World (1955) , The World at Our Door (1956), Women Creating a Safe World (2009).
In 2003, the YWCA of Australia held the first annual YWCA Round the World Breakfast on April 24. Over a 24-hour period, from country to country, and continent to continent, YWCAs in over 40 countries participated in the biggest breakfast of the year. In July of that year, the World YWCA Council recommended that the YWCA Round the World Breakfast be continued annually on April 24 to create awareness of the World YWCA and the Power to Change Campaign.
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158 years ‘young’ and still strong, the largest global movement of women celebrated their journey and the existence of their network on April 24.
World YWCA Day is recognised every year on the 24th of April across the 120 countries where the movement is present. The passage of the YWCA as both a social influence and an organisation of hope, support and union for woman globally has seen two great wars, many challenges, the rise and fall of political leaders and progress in the human rights of women.
April 24th is a special day in the World YWCA movement. It is the day we come together to celebrate the work and the women of the YWCA. This year we are celebrating the pioneering work of the World YWCA movement in advancing women’s rights under the theme “I am a woman, I have the right. We are women, we have the power”.
April 24th is a special day in the World YWCA movement. It is the day we come together to celebrate the work and the women of the YWCA. This year we are celebrating the pioneering work of the World YWCA movement in advancing women’s rights under the theme “I am a women, I have the right. We are women, we have the power”.
The Elizabeth Palmer Fund
On April 17, 2013, Elizabeth Palmer turns 100 years old. For those of you that are not familiar with this incredible lady, Ms. Palmer was a trailblazer and an exceptional leader who has dedicated her whole life to the YWCA cause.
April 24, 2013
Since 1947, YWCAs have come together one day of the year to affirm their involvement in a global movement of women and girls working for justice, peace, health, human dignity, freedom and care for the environment.
On April 24, World YWCA Day 2012, the World YWCA asked amateur photographers in its member associations to participate in a photo competition on the theme of “I am a woman and I have the right.” The reaction was positive and a number of talented women from across the globe submitted their entries. Photographs through which they could visually express their interpretation of women's rights – or lack thereof – in today's world.
On Friday May 4, 2012, the YWCA of Palestine celebrated World YWCA day in what is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Seventy eight YWCA members, board members and staff from Jerusalem, Ramallah and Jericho headed to the old city of Jericho and shared the global breakfast together as a celebration of the 24th of April World YWCA day.
24 April is one of the most important days for YWCAs around the world. Member Associations worldwide all create events to celebrate this special day and come together, despite time differences and the kilometres that separate each YWCA, This years theme “I am a woman, I have the right. We are women, we have the power" was celebrated in different ways. We continue our tour of YWCAs and the events that took place on World YWCA Day:
Every year, 24 April is a special day for the World YWCA. Since over a century, it is the day we celebrate the YWCA movement. This day brings all members together with their differences in culture, age and language. This year again, Member Associations around the world enthusiastically organised myriad welcoming and creative events to celebrate this important day around this year’s theme: "I am a woman, I have the right. We are women, we have the power".
These are a few examples of the different ways World YWCA Day was celebrated this year:
“I am a woman, I have the right”