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Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) Fact Sheet

SRHR for women, young women and girls is one of the priority focus areas for the World YWCA. Access to information on sexual and reproductive health, rights and services enables women and young women to make decisions about their bodies and claim their rights. Every human being has a fundamental right to access…

Annual Report 2015

In 2015, conflict, natural disasters and terrorist attacks affected families and communities around the world. But we also witnessed big and bold positive developments on a grand scale – and this gives us hope for the future. In collaboration with the YWCA movement around the world, we trained more than 4.5 million women,…

Violence against women Fact Sheet

The World YWCA believes that addressing violence against women and girls is a priority. Violence against women and girls is the world’s largest human rights violation and is pervasive in our society. YWCA member associations in more than 70 countries provide support for survivors of violence and those at risk of violence. This…

Universal Children’s Day 20 November 2016

Today on Universal Children’s Day, we recognize that girls are the leaders, not only of the future, but of today. Often we teach girls to be nice, to wait their turn and to be polite, but it’s much more important to be bold and brave. So we call on girls worldwide to speak…

#WePray4TheWorld – Twitter Chat 16 NOV

The World YWCA & the World YMCA invites you to take part in our World Week of Prayer (#WePray4TheWorld) Twitter Chat! We would like people to join us in prayer and to engage discussions about ‘Leaving No One Behind.’ How to join the World Week of Prayer 2016 Twitter Chat A Twitter Chat…

Toolkit: Child Early and Forced Marriage Community Initiatives

Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18, primarily in South Asia (31.3 million) and sub-Saharan Africa (14.1 million) (UNICEF). Child marriage has a negative effect on the girls’ health, access to education and overall opportunities. The World YWCA has developed a toolkit to support these girls through initiatives anchored…

World Week of Prayer Guide 2016

From 13 to 19 November, 2016, the World YWCA and the World YMCA will observe the World Week of Prayer with the theme “Leaving no one Behind.” The two organisations have collaborated on this tradition since 1904. The theme of the 2016 World Week of Prayer is designed to help us reflect on…

Week Without Violence Toolkit 2016

The YWCA Week without Violence is an annual global campaign to end the scourge of violence against women and girls. Throughout the week activities focus on raising awareness, promoting attitude change and enabling individuals and organisations to begin positive actions towards ending violence in their communities. Every year during the third week of…

YWCA Board shares key decisions from July meeting

From 25 to 29 July, the World YWCA Board met in Geneva to make several strategic decisions for the organisation. Here are a few highlights. Approving the 2015 financial statements and 2016 budget reforecast The Board approved the audited financial statements for 2015 as well as a re-forecasted budget for 2016. To address…

The YWCA Strategic Framework 2016-2019

For the next 20 years, the YWCA movement will develop five Strategic Frameworks that will serve as blueprints for implementation of Vision 2035. Each Strategic Framework will cover a four year period and it will guide the movement towards achieving Vision 2035. Individual YWCA Member Associations will incorporate the essential elements of the Vision…

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