Every four years, YWCAs from over 120 countries meet to determine the strategic directions, policies and leadership of the global YWCA movement, which reaches more than 25 million women, young women and girls through its programmes and outreach into over 22,000 local communities.
As a movement the work that we do is tremendously important for millions of women and girls, and their communities, across the world. However, in order to be effective today, we have to examine at what drives our work and what will keep us relevant in the future. In this edition of Common Concern you will find different articles relating to our common future and how to sustain it.
Movement building for the World YWCA is defined in our purpose: to develop the leadership and collective power of women, young women and girls around the world to achieve justice, peace, health, human dignity, freedom and a sustainable environment for all people.
Advocacy engagement in the post-2015 development agenda, including on ICPD and the Beijing Platform for Action 20 Year Review, has been a major focus for the World YWCA this year.
This Common Concern gives the compelling argument and an echo to the global call to have stronger and clearer commitments to ending violence against women in the new development agenda.
The World YWCA is a leading organisation in addressing the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls and the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Through YWCAs in more than 70 countries the World YWCA is striving to provide safe and inclusive, non-judgmental and confidential spaces for women and girls to discuss the challenges they face in relation to HIV and to claim their SRHR.
For over 150 years, the World YWCA movement has been building upon its experience of investing in young women. Through mentoring, training and advocacy young women leaders have been supported to stand up and claim their rights.
The 27th World YWCA Council and the 4th International Women’s Summit remain an integral part of the World YWCA and an inspiring and very special experience for those who lived it.