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The World Young Women’s Christian Association (World YWCA) was founded in 1894 and is a global network of women leading social and economic change in over 120 countries worldwide. It is a membership based organisation founded on the principles of Christianity. The World YWCA advocates for peace, justice, human rights and care for the environment and has been at the forefront of raising the status of women for more than a century.

Our priority areas are: Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, HIV and AIDS, Violence against Women, Peace with Justice, and Women and young women’s Leadership. Our members run grassroots programmes, service delivery and advocacy such as shelters for survivors of violence in Canada, counselling in Albania, violence against women campaigns in the Caribbean, ensuring women are part of peace negotiations in South Sudan, raising awareness and supporting survivors of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Kenya and child marriage in Zambia, running sexual health education workshops in Fiji, raising awareness about climate change in India or supporting internally displaced people in Colombia. The World YWCA develops women’s leadership to find local solutions to the global inequalities women face.

The World YWCA movement embarked on a new phase of development by defining its 20-year programme of bold and transformative goal to 2035. The Envisioning 2035 Goal and Proposal is designed to establish a clear objective for the future sustainability of the YWCA movement.

The YWCA Movement’s Bold & Transformative 2035 Goal:

100 million young women and girls transform power structures to create justice, gender equality and a world without violence and war; leading a sustainable, faith and rights-based YWCA movement, inclusive of all women.

As the organisation works towards achieving this envisioning goal, we are developing the young women’s champion network. This is a global network of YWCA young women leaders who are champions in their own communities locally, nationally and globally creating positive change that impacts the lives of other young women. This network is a resource network of skilled project leaders, advocates and young professionals that belong to and make up the YWCA movement. Through global solidarity the young women’s champion network will be able to work together and draw from the pool of young women to strengthen young women’s leadership.

To strengthen the network, the World YWCA is launching a new blogsite, which will be managed by a team made up of young women from the global YWCA young women’s champion network.

Core Bloggers/Editors Job Description:

  • Writing and editing new content for our blogsite and promotion of the content on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.
  • Contributing to the blog site by writing two blogs per month.
  • Editing other blogger’s blogs in a timely fashion, meeting deadlines.
  • Using our social media platforms to connect and grow relationships with YWCA members, stakeholders and other interested parties.
  • Finding and cultivating social media connections to strengthen the work of the World YWCA and reaching the envisioning goal.
  • Assisting in the conceptualisation and development of the programme for the Young Women’s Champion Network.
  • Participate in the monthly planning meetings through skype calls including being responsive to emails throughout the month.
  • Generating interest for new bloggers to join the team.

Composition:

The blogging team will have regional diversity, be multi-lingual and ensure effective inclusion of young women. It will also have a diversity of skills set related to training for global advocacy; strategic communications and public policy advocacy.  This is a working group that works online mostly. The team will work collaboratively with one another, with full support from the World YWCA Communications Team, specifically Marcia Banasko, Communications and Advocacy Officer.

Rationale for She Speaks Site:

The World YWCA’s blog is a platform for young women to raise awareness, campaign and educate others about global issues and the challenges they face in their communities. It is a space to share and hear voices, stories and ideas.

Blog Site Objectives:

  • To be an online platform which supports the young women’s champion network.
  • To share information and stories related to the YWCA movement, young women and development, key issues, the Sustainable Development Goals and gender equality and feminism.
  • To encourage more dialogue and engagement where young women can connect and share information.
  • To inspire young women to participate in civic engagement.
  • To increase our organisational visibility and raise our profile as a young women’s leadership organisation.

Desired skills:

  • An interest in feminism, gender equality, health, leadership and women/human rights.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in social media.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work independently.
  • Excellent writer and editor.
  • English, French and Spanish languages.

Compensation:

This is an unpaid volunteer position.

Benefits:

  • Exposure to regional, national, and international issues relating to women’s rights, gender equality, health, leadership and the YWCA movement.
  • Excellent opportunity for job skills development and building of references.
  • Expand personal and professional local, national, regional and global networks.
  • Working towards implementing the envisioning goal.

Application Process:

If you are interested in applying for World YWCA Bloggers and Editors team or have any queries, please complete the Expression of Interest Form below and send it to Daniela Zelaya, World YWCA Communications Associate at daniela.zelaya@worldywca.org

Download Expression of Interest Form here