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Envisioning 2035 Draft Proposal AVAILABLE

The World YWCA movement is entering a new phase of its development; one that seeks to set a 20-year programme of action for the collective impact and identity of the movement. This programme for action is designed to establish a clear vision for the future sustainability of the movement. Over the last quadrennium the YWCA movement has been engaged in a series of envisioning activities. We have been defining our future together and reaffirming our YWCA values. A global Envisioning 2035 working group continues to deliberate, compile and incorporate the outcomes and visions articulated throughout the quadrennium by YWCA members, volunteers, staff and external partners. The envisioning process identified significant internal strengths and opportunities of the YWCA movement, which provide a strong foundation, inspiration and courage for our collective 2035 goal. 

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Message from: Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, World YWCA General Secretary

World YWCA Young Women’s Delegation participates in Girls in ICT Day 2015

On April 23, 2015, the international community will once again be celebrating the International Day, Girls in ICT.This day seeks to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

The 48th UN Commission on Population and Development

The Commission on Population and Development (CPD) is an annual week-long meeting at the United Nations where advocates and member states gather to create a resolution document that upholds the Programme of Action created at the International Conference on Population Development (ICPD) in 1994.The Programme of Action, adopted by 179 governments, marked a new understanding among world bodies that population and development are inextricably linked, and that women’s empowerment is the key to both. 

World YWCA Day 2015

The theme of World YWCA Day 2015 is "Celebrating our Work and Envisioning 2035".  April 24 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. 

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. Over time, that day has come to be known as World YWCA Day and is celebrated every year on April 24. 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 and raise awareness on our global impact on the lives of women and girls. 

Reflections on visit to YWCA of Lebanon: Mandy Nogarede – World YWCA Middle East Focal Point

Jacqueline Tabet was Lebanese. She felt that young women in Lebanon did not have enough opportunities for further education and so she left funds in her will for young women’s leadership programmes in Lebanon. Her son, Alexis Gerard, shared her story with us during his visit to the YWCA of Lebanon to see what use had been made of his mother’s legacy. Over three days, and ending in a celebration in honour of Jacqueline Tabet, we visited together the programmes of the YWCA of Lebanon.

Internships, fellowships and Ecumenical Scholarships

The World YWCA is pleased to bring to your attention three global knowledge and skills building internships, fellowships and Ecumenical Scholarships for young women and YWCA staff. 

YWCAs and Discrimination and Persecution Based on Faith

Rev. Pirjo-Liisa Penttinen, General Secretary of the YWCA of Finland shares her views and experiences concerning discrimination and persecution. 

How do we better listen to, learn from, and accompany women and girls suffering because of their faith? Do we just read and hear news of painful events, including killings and just turn the page or channel to next heading or advertisement? Women manage daily life including daycare and educational challenges . They also interpret and transfer the religious practices and traditions within families more often than their partners. Why cherish harmful practices?

Common Concern - December 2014

Envisioning 2035 - Mapping a path towards sustainability

December 2014: Envisioning 2035 - Mapping a path towards sustainability

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.