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World YWCA Call to Action on Kidnapped Nigeria Girls

Geneva, May 8, 2014: The World YWCA joins the YWCA of Nigeria and the rest of the world in calling for urgent and immediate safe return of the 276 girls kidnapped from a state school in the town of Chibok by armed and uniformed men on April 15. 

The World Conference on Youth

The World Conference on Youth (WCY2014) is currently taking place from the 6-10 May, 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The World YWCA is participating as an official invited youth led organisation and also has delegates attending from the YWCAs of Sri Lanka, Iceland and Nigeria. The conference theme is 'Mainstreaming Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda'. Within this the conference will address the following issues: Achieving Good Governance & Accountability; Inclusive Youth Participation at All Levels; Youth Rights; Globalisation/ Inclusive Youth-Led Development; Ending Systemic Inequalities; Gender Equality and Empowering Marginalised Youth Including Most at Risk Young People.

Happy Birthday to the YWCA of Grenada

This April 2014 marked an historical moment for the YWCA of Grenada as the association celebrated its 125th year Anniversary! The YWCA of Grenada is the oldest YWCA in the Caribbean it was founded in 1889 and Miss Lottie Wells of Scott Street, St. George’s was the first President. In early years members met in their respective homes and activities consisted of Bible study among the members and Sunday school for children.  In 1959, the Association was affiliated to the World YWCA and in 1989 the YWCA of Grenada celebrated its 100th (Centennial) Anniversary which was attended by the then World YWCA President Mrs. Jewel Graham and representatives from the Caribbean Associations.  

Faith leaders in South Sudan are Calling for Peace and Reconciliation

World YWCA General Secretary, Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, is currently part of a high level delegation of faith leaders, co-initiated by ACT Alliance, that will bring together church leaders and government officials from South Sudan, in the aftermath of the killings in churches, mosques and United Nations bases that has left hundreds of people dead and has prompted fears that the four-month conflict could escalate.

The Elizabeth Palmer Fund

On April 17, 2013, Elizabeth Palmer turned 100 years old. In honour of this incredible woman and exceptional leader who dedicated her whole life to the cause of the YWCA, the World YWCA set up the Elizabeth Palmer Fund.

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.

Final Call for the Power to Change Fund

The World YWCA Power to Change fund deadline is fast approaching! Do you have a great idea for a project but lack the funding to make it happen? Then apply to the Power to Change Fund today. This Wednesday 30 April, 2014, is the closing day for ALL applications as there is only one round of applications for 2014.

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. 

Increased Efforts to Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights in Development Policies

The United Nation 47th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD47) drew to its conclusion on the 11th April 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, U.S.A.  The meeting of member states celebrated the 20th anniversary of the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo in 1994 was intense.