This fact sheet was drawn up following the World YWCA Training Institute in Arusha, Tanzania in March 2014 in partnership with ARROW. The World YWCA is part of the global ARROW project The Global South, which aims to give southern civil society the means and avenue of articulating a regional Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) agenda and distilling regional agendas into a global SRHR agenda. This fact sheet is to be used as a resource for advocates, sexuality educators, young people, service providers and others working to advance the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people.
Since its founding in 1855, the YWCA has provided safe spaces to women and girls in the heart of local communities.
The YWCA has been focused on development and contribution in bringing together young women advocates. On March 5, 2013, at the Commission on the Status of Women 2013, the World YWCA hosted the sessionwith the official launch of the World YWCA report – The Future Young Women Want: A Global Call to Act.
In 1999, YWCA women from around the world had a dream to expand the resources and opportunities for the leadership development of women and girls. This dream became reality in 2007 when the YWCA Power to Change Fund was launched with an endowment of USD $10 million and a further USD $5 million for programmes, thanks to the generosity of thousands of women and men.
This position paper guides the collective efforts of the YWCA movement to eliminate all forms of violence.
The World YWCA works to promote social, economic, cultural, religious and political rights of women and girls through advocacy and related programmes and services. The World YWCA’s advocacy agenda 2012-2015 focuses on three priority areas:
In this book you will meet young women from all over the world, who have shaken their communities as peer counselors and educators, as care givers and as people living openly with HIV or AIDS; giving hope to many and promoting a humanistic response to the pandemic.
Climate change is one of the most urgent issues of our time. While the impacts of hurricanes, droughts, floods, and heat waves are already widespread, women are particularly vulnerable to its impacts. At the same time, women are taking leadership in curbing the impacts of climate change.
‘Empowering Young Women to Lead Change’ is a training tool for young women to catalyse positive change in their lives and communities. It is designed by and for young women, as part of the World YWCA's commitment to developing effective young women leaders and is available in English, French and Spanish.