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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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Celebrating All Over the World!

All around the world YWCAs came together on April 24 to celebrate World YWCA Day. From Argentina to Madagascar, from India to Taiwan, YWCA members explored what it meant to be a bold and transformative leader and envisioned a future for our movement.

Be Bold, Be Transformative - Be the YWCA!

Today is World YWCA Day – Happy World YWCA Day!

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 our movement under the theme “Bold and Transformative Leadership Towards 2035”.

7 Days Left Until World YWCA Day!

World YWCA Day is one week away. As you prepare to celebrate this special day and the positive change that we bring to our communities please take the time to listen to a video message from Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary of the World YWCA.

Click here to watch the World YWCA Day video message from Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, World YWCA General Secretary. 

World YWCA Day Excitement!

The month of April has arrived and that can only mean one thing – World YWCA Day is around the corner! The YWCA Round the World Breakfast has been a vital part of this day’s events since 2003, serving to connect YWCAs around the world to raise awareness on our impact on the lives of women and girls. Meeting over breakfast and sharing food and drink is a great way to address issues that will pave the way for what is yet to come. We encourage you to continue in this special tradition!

World YWCA Day 2014: Bold and Transformative leadership: Towards 2035

Since 1947, YWCAs have come together on April 24th to affirm their involvement in our global movement of women and girls working towards justice, peace, health, human dignity, freedom and care for the environment.

158 Years Young!

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.

World YWCA Day 2013 Video

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”.

Watch the World YWCA Day 2013 video on youtube

World YWCA Day 2013 – Resource kit available!

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”.

Elizabeth Palmer – A true YWCA Visionary

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.

World YWCA Day 2013 Theme

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.