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Geneva Peace Week: 6 to 10 November 2017

  Geneva is home to a large number of international organizations, including more than 40 United Nations entities, a thriving community of non-governmental organizations and renowned academic and research institutions. Together, all these actors work for peace, rights and well-being, touching the lives of individuals across the world. Geneva Peace Week offers an…

Driving Transformative Change

            One of my favourite quotes is by Eleanor Roosevelt: “…..tho the responsibility seems great, I’ll just do my best and trust in God.” For those of you who aren’t familiar with her, Eleanor was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States. She spent 16 years in…

leadership is a shared journey: Monash GPS’ study on young women leaders

    The World YWCA has partnered with Monash GPs and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia (DFAT) on a new research project titled “Mobilising Young women’s Leadership and Advocacy in the Asia pacific (MYWLAP)”. Dr. Katrina Lee-Koo, Deputy Director of Monash GPS, and Senior Lecturer Dr Lesley Pruitt  visited the World Office…

Open position: Executive Assistant

    The World YWCA, Office of the General Secretary, is seeking to hire a full-time Executive Assistant to the General Secretary. The position holder provides administrative services and supports the General Secretary in planning, coordinating and implementing her duties to ensure a quality functioning of the General Secretary office. This includes relationship management…

Want Young Women to be Leaders? Teach them about SRHR!

Hendrica Okondo is World YWCA’s Global Programme Manager on SRHR & HIV. She is Kenyan and has been part of the YWCA movement for many years. She got involved in the movement through her passion for reading. As a young woman, Hendrica used to go to the local YWCA’s library in Nairobi to…

A young woman’s take on leadership: “Get out of your comfort zone!”

  Emily Allender is a young woman from Maryland, USA. She is currently finalizing her studies in Public Health and Political Science. As part of her curriculum she decided to pursue an internship at the World YWCA. Emily believes  that -when given access to opportunities – young women can embrace their power and…

Young women speak up in Egumeni Safe Space at CSW61

  The World YWCA led a delegation of more than 135 women and young women from 25 different member associations to advocate for women’s rights and empowerment at the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) in New York. This year, the World YWCA developed an Egumeni Safe Space where young women…

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka of UN Women and Dr. Natalia Kamen of UNFPA at the EGUMENI Safe Space

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Dr. Natalia Kamen,Deputy Executive Director  of UNFPA joined a group of young women from WAAGS and the YWCA movement to discuss women’s economic empowerment and the role of young women in ensuring gender equality. “Every generation has a chance to change the world” said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka…

Be bold for change: Our bodies, our rights unite

On International Women’s day, Malayah Harper, General Secretary of the World YWCA would like to say a few words: I often reflect on the tremendous organising energy that came from the 1994 clarion call “women’s rights are human rights”. Yet despite more than 20 years of progressive international commitments for gender equality, in…

Every woman should have the right to choose and the right to dignity #SheDecides

Every woman and young woman has the right to decide whether, with whom, and at what moment to have children. This is a fundamental right and essential to ending child marriage, expanding opportunities for young women and achieving gender equality. On January 23rd, just two days after  millions of women around the world…

For a world free of discrimination

“When I found out at 14 that I was HIV-positive, I didn’t think I would live to see 18, I am turning 22 this year.” This tweet by Saidy Brown generated thousands of re-tweets. Many praised her courage for speaking publicly about her personal experience living with the virus. There are 2.3 million…

Sign up for Human Rights Council Youth Forum

  The Human Rights Council (HRC) is one of the most important international mechanisms promoting and protecting human rights. We are coordinating a Youth Forum to ensure that the Council listens to young people. It will take place on 2 June 2017 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Some of the main activities…

Helping girls to raise their voices

On January 21st,  we hosted an advocacy training in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for 46 young women and girls coming from all regions of Africa. The training took place right before the 29th Gender Is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) Pre-Summit and the 28th African Union Summit (AU). The idea was to give young women and girls…

Young women join GIMAC

The World YWCA is participating in this year’s 29th Gender is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) Pre Consultative Meeting in the African Union (AU) which is taking take place from 22-23 January 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under the theme “Gender Inclusive Youth Empowerment and Development for Peaceful and Prosperous Africa.” The meeting aims to…

Together we can make a difference

On 13 December 2016, our new General Secretary Malayah Harper and the World Office met with representatives from International organizations, NGO’s, partners and friends of the World YWCA at her welcome reception in Geneva. The room was full of people, ideas and excitement when she took the mic to share her vision. She said that she…

Young Women’s forum in Samoa

On November 25, the YWCA Samoa held its first ever Young Women’s forum. The participants were 16 to 35 years old women from the rural communities and from the Apia Urban area. Representatives from the partner organisations Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development of Samoa, World Health Organization and the Ombudsman Office…

Increased awareness about SRHR in Solomon Islands

Knowledge and confidence are two key components when it comes to making responsible choices. This is why Juli Dugdale, Global Programme Manager Women’s Leadership, World YWCA/YWCA of Solomon Islands and an IPPF trainer led a workshop for 30 young women on Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) 15-17 November in Honiara, Solomon Islands….

YWCAs visit child marriage programme in India

Women, young women and married girls from YWCA of Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) along with representatives from World YWCA in Geneva, visited the project in the districts of Sonepat and Panipat, Haryana, India. Coordinated by YWCA of India and PRIA (Participatory Research in Asia), the project is implemented for supporting married…

World AIDS Day 1 December 2016

36.7 million people are living with HIV globally and over 50% of them are women. The World YWCA has developed a Safe Space model which enables young women and girls to access a rights based approach which protects their right to access accurate information about safe sex and contraceptive counselling, on how to…

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 29 November 2016

This statement by the World YWCA and the YWCA of Palestine is being read by the World YWCA at the United Nations today.    Today, November 29th, the World Young Women’s Christian Association (World YWCA) and its Member Association, the YWCA of Palestine, join people around the word in observing the annual International…

Religious leaders important to prevent child marriage

While most young girls were busy playing, five-year old Maria, from Trinidad & Tobago, was meeting her future husband. At age nine, she was married, and by age 11 she was pregnant—the first of 25 pregnancies. In Trinidad and Tobago, although the legal age for civil marriage is 18, girls as young as…

16 Days of Activism Starts Today

Starting today, 25 Nov, the World YWCA and its ecumenical partners will participate in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence with a campaign targeted at the faith community. Since 1991, individuals and organisations around the world have taken part in the 16 Days of Activism, an international campaign, which aims to…

Youth increasingly present at the UN

Our YWCA delegation from Haiti, Honduras, India, Nepal, Mozambique, Myanmar, South Sudan and Tanzania made their voices heard at the UN, where the first Forum on “Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law” took place on 21-22 November. The delegation consisted of 12 young women from different Member Associations. Before the meeting, they participated in a training…

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…

World Week of Prayer Service

      On 16 November, the World YWCA and the World YMCA hosted a World Week of Prayer Service at the World Council of Churches in Geneva. It was open to the public who joined to sing, pray, and reflect around the theme “Leaving no one behind”. We are all equal in…

World YWCA hosts ecumenical dialogue on peacebuilding

On 8 November 2016, the World YWCA, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Arab Federation for Human Rights hosted a side event to the Geneva Peace Week, on the role of religious leaders and youth in promoting peace. The event was part of the World YWCA’s overall vision to transform power structures…

YWCA International Leadership Academy

From 7 to 11 November 2016, the World YWCA is hosting an Experts Group Meeting (EGM) for the YWCA International Leadership Academy (YWLA) in Taipei, Taiwan. As agreed by the movement at the World Council in 2015, the YWCA is planning the first pilot of the accredited YWLA in 2018 and the launch will…

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) 24 October – 18 November 2016

Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1979, CEDAW is an international human rights treaty that focuses on women’s rights and women’s issues worldwide. CEDAW defines what constitutes discrimination against women and provides an agenda for national action to end such discrimination. It’s both an international bill of rights for women and…

National HIV Interfaith Consultations : Zambia and Kenya

The World YWCA, World Council of Churches (WCC) and the International Network of Religious Leaders Living with and Personally Affected by HIV and AIDS (INERELA +) have joined efforts to develop a three day consultation, with participants including young people, faith leaders/actors, UNAIDS, National AIDS Council, among other stakeholders. The consultations were a…

World YWCA speaks up for girls

On 11 October, the International Day of the Girl Child, the World YWCA joined a roundtable with human rights experts and young women on the theme “Taking over the 2030 Agenda for our generation” at the Graduate Institute Geneva. Some of the contributions were: “Take me seriously, I can lead and make the world better” Ngandu, girl…

International Day of the Girl Child 11 October 2016

  Today, on the International Day of the Girl Child, the World YWCA calls on all global leaders to protect, empower and support the rights of girls and young women. We ask you to empower us in four key ways: By creating space for us at decision-making tables, assuring non-discriminatory meaningful and inclusive…

Week Without Violence 17-21 Oct 2016, Toolkit

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…

World YWCA participates in Social Forum 2016

The Social Forum is an annual three-day meeting convened by the Human Rights Council. It is defined as a unique space for open and interactive dialogue between civil society actors, representatives of Member States, and intergovernmental organizations, on a theme chosen by the Council each year. This year the theme of the Social…

World YWCA participates in “Women of Power” lecture

“Special measures and institutional changes are necessary to achieve a more gender equal society. We have to IMPLEMENT, IMPLEMENT, IMPLEMENT.” said Torild Skard, a Norwegian psychologist and senior researcher, during her lecture about her book: “Women of Power”. The presentation took place at the World Council of Churches office in Geneva, where many feminists came together to…

YWCA at the Human Rights Council

This morning one of the World YWCA interns, Alex Martin from Kent, is preparing to make a statement at the Annual Discussion on the Integration of a Gender Perspective, which is part of the 33rd regular session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) at the United Nations (UN). We made another statement last week at the…

Running for our girls

  On Saturday 17 September, Frauenfeld (Women’s Field), the capital of the canton of Thurgau in Switzerland, became the setting for a two-hour race to support projects developed by Horyzon, a Swiss development organization for youth. One of the projects was a programme on education of young women and girls in Haiti, through…

United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) 13–30 September 2016

The UN HRC is one of the most important international mechanisms for promoting and protecting human rights. The Council meets three times a year in Geneva. The World YWCA is actively engaged in working with UN Member States and other UN organizations and NGOs to advocate for women’s rights. In addition, we aim…

Feminist Futures! AWID Forum 2016

The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) is an international feminist membership organisation that works to achieve gender justice and women’s human rights by strengthening the collective voice, impact and influence of global women’s rights advocates, organizations and movements. For the 13th time, the #AWID Forum once again became the epicenter of…

International Day Against Nuclear Tests

August 29 is the International Day Against Nuclear Tests. Since nuclear weapons were invented  in 1945, there have been more than 2000 tests without any consideration of the harmful effects that radiation has on humans and the environment. To put an end to this devastating practice the international community negotiated  the Comprehensive Test…

Empowering Young Women to Lead Change

At every level of the World YWCA movement – from grassroots to global – we understand the importance of investing in young women’s leadership. Around   the world, we are collaborating with our partners to address the root causes of inequalities, to promote and protect women’s rights, and to ensure women are actively involved…

International Youth Day 12 August 2016

Each year on 12 August International Youth Day is celebrated globally. This year the theme is “Youth Civic Engagement”.  12 August was first designated International Youth Day by the UN General Assembly in 1999, and serves as an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change,…

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 current…

YWCA Board meets in Geneva

On 24 to 29 July the YWCA Board met in Geneva to discuss plans for the coming year. This is a diverse group of women from all regions and 60% of them are young women but all of them are very committed to the YWCA movement. We are preparing a summary of the outcomes…

Women champions at AIDS 2016

Today is the first day of the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) which takes place on 18-22 July 2016 in Durban, South Africa. The theme is “Access Equity Rights Now” and the World YWCA is hosting 20 young women champions. So far, the young women, who are from Zambia, Zimbabwe, India, Honduras, Angola,…

Addressing the stigma at AIDS 2016

Yesterday, Sunday 17 July, Daniela Zelaya from World YWCA facilitated a workshop on Safe Spaces for young women living with HIV at the Youth Pre Conference. The other delegates from the World YWCA also actively participated in the Youth Pre Conference where young people came together to engage in sessions, workshops and many other activities on addressing…

Safe space at AIDS 2016

The World YWCA Safe Space Hub provides a place where women, young women and girls can openly share their experiences and challenges, access information, develop more awareness of their rights and build their capacity to claim these rights as empowered leaders, decision makers and change agents. At the International AIDS Conference in Durban,…

YWCA at the African Union Summit

This year, the African Union (AU) Summit takes place on 10-18 July in Kigali, Rwanda. The theme is “Towards a Peaceful, Prosperous & Integrated Africa”. The YWCA has engaged in the African Union Gender Pre-Summit which ran two days before the Summit. The meeting emphasized two aspects of achieving gender equality; political goodwill and financing. It is…

YWCA Korea meets Ban Ki-moon

On 30 May to 1 June, the delegation of YWCA Korea participated in the 66’th UN DPI/NGO Conference held in Gyeongju, Korea. Along with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, approximately over 2,500 academics, field experts and NGO professionals from different regions of the world gathered in Gyeongju to discuss the theme of “Education for…

Meeting the CEDAW committee

On July 6, the World YWCA organised a lunch for members of the CEDAW Committee, grassroot advocates and religious leaders participating in the CEDAW training, at the World YWCA headquarter in Geneva. This was an occasion to interact informally and to build bridges between the international, national and local levels – and thereby…

CEDAW on grass roots level

The 64th session of the Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) has just started and one critical issue is to ensure that these international rights are implemented at the national and local level. Faith based organisations play an important role in realising women’s human rights…

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) 4 – 22 July 2016

Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1979, CEDAW is an international human rights treaty that focuses on women’s rights and women’s issues worldwide. CEDAW defines what constitutes discrimination against women and provides an agenda for national action to end such discrimination. It’s both an international bill of rights for women and…

Youth making human rights history

On 10 June 2016, approximately 120 young leaders, aged 30 years and below, from the different regions of the world gathered at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, Switzerland to raise their voices in regards to different human rights issues and to develop a series of recommendations to be presented in the 32nd…

United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) 13 June-7 July 2016

The UN HRC is one of the most important international mechanisms for promoting and protecting human rights. The Council meets three times a year in Geneva. The World YWCA is actively engaged in working with UN Member States and other UN organizations and NGOs to advocate for women’s rights. In addition, we aim…

World YWCA to host first-ever Youth Forum before UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

10 June, 2016 – GENEVA – The World YWCA, an NGO specialising in women’s leadership and women’s rights, will host the first-ever Youth Forum before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HCR), today, 10 June, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. More than 120 young men and women from Switzerland and…

Women Deliver Global Conference 16-19 May 2016

Women Deliver’s 4th Global Conference, is taking place 16-19 May 2016 in Copenhagen. It is the largest gathering on girls’ and women’s health and rights in a decade and one of the first major global conferences following the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The World YWCA has a delegation consisting of World YWCA…

Women Deliver 2016

Are you attending  Women Deliver ? During the Women Deliver Conference, the  World YWCA will have an ‪ #‎Egumeni‬ Safe Space Hub with support from UNESCO from the 17th to the 19th located in booths C4-058/59 in the Exhibition Hall. It will be a safe space for young women and girls to relax, network, participate in a…

World YWCA Day 2016

Every year on April 24, YWCAs around the world observe World YWCA Day. It’s a day to celebrate our common membership and achievements in creating positive change for women, young women and girls around the world. This year’s theme is “Creating a a more inclusive world”. Have a look at the YWCA Day Toolkit and join…

Commission on Population and Development 11-15 April 2016

The Commission on Population and Development opened its 49th session on April 11, 2016 under the theme: “Strengthening the demographic evidence base for the post-2015 development agenda” at United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA. The World YWCA has submitted the below oral statement “Strengthening the demographic evidence base for the Post 2015 development…

CSW60 Agreed Conclusions Some losses Small Gains

The 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) concluded on Friday March 25, with UN Member States committing to the gender-responsive implementation of Agenda 2030. The annual CSW meeting to review progress on women’s empowerment was the first since the UN general assembly adopted the sustainable development goals…

International Girls in ICT Day 26 March 2016

ICT is critical to empower young women and girls Today, April 28, is International Girls in ICT Day. It’s a day to share the power of technology and encourage girls and young women to consider studies and careers in information and communications technology (ICT). We know that girls and young women often find…

World Water Day 22 March 2016

World Water Day, 22 March “We can take bold action to address water inequity as part of our efforts to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Message for World Water Day 2016 Fishermen in the Bay of Bengal, near Madras, sail at dawn in their catamarans, consisting of four…

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 21 March 2016

Secretary-General’s Message for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March We need to fight racism everywhere, every day. But on 21 March – proclaimed by the General Assembly as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – all eyes are on the issue. This year, the International Day…

CSW Youth Forum issues declaration

As part of the first-ever CSW Youth Forum, the 400 young women and young men participants are raising their collective voices on issues of importance to youth around the world. On 17 March, the Youth Forum issued an official 2016 YouthCSW Declaration on Gender Equality and the Human Rights of Young Women and…

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 14-24 March 2016

CSW is the main global intergovernmental body that’s exclusively dedicated to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. Established in 1946, it serves as a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). CSW is instrumental in promoting and documenting the reality of women’s rights throughout the world, and shaping global standards on…

World YWCA and partners lead first-ever CSW Youth Forum

On Friday March 11, the first EVER UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Youth Forum took place in New York, USA. The World YWCA and partners UN Women and the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Developments Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality led the event. And  a coalition of youth-led…

World YWCA and partners lead first-ever CSW Youth Forum 11 March 2016

On Friday March 11, the first ever UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Youth Forum took place in New York, USA. The World YWCA and partners UN Women and the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Developments Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality led the event. And  a coalition of youth-led…

International women’s day 8 March 2016

Let’s recognize women’s achievements while aiming for greater gender equality Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. For more than 40 years, we have observed this day to celebrate and honour courageous women and girls all around the world for their economic, political and social achievements. It’s a day to recognize their contributions…

Zero discrimination day 1 March 2016

Today, the World YWCA stands in solidarity with the millions of people around the world who face discrimination on a daily basis—in the home, in hospitals, in schools, on public transportation, in their work and many other social spaces. On Zero Discrimination Day, we are particularly mindful of the 36.9 million people globally…

United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) 29 February – 24 March 2016

The UN HRC is one of the most important international mechanisms for promoting and protecting human rights. The Council meets three times a year in Geneva. The World YWCA is actively engaged in working with UN Member States and other UN organizations and NGOs to advocate for women’s rights. In addition, we aim…

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) 15 February – 4 March 2016

Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1979, CEDAW is an international human rights treaty that focuses on women’s rights and women’s issues worldwide. CEDAW defines what constitutes discrimination against women and provides an agenda for national action to end such discrimination. It’s both an international bill of rights for women and…

International Day of Women and Girls in Science 11 February 2016

Today, women and girls often find themselves marginalised and underrepresented in science and technology. This disparity spans everything from the encouragement to enter these fields, to enrollment in higher education programmes, hiring, mentorship, earnings, funding for projects and research, and published articles. Technology is essential to advance gender equality and women’s rights and…

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation 6 February 2016

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February “The Sustainable Development Goals contain a specific target calling for an end to FGM. When this practice is fully abandoned, positive effects will reverberate across societies as girls and women reclaim their health, human rights and vast potential.” — UN Secretary-General Female…

The 26th African Union (AU) Summit 17-30 January 2016

The  26th African Union (AU) Summit is scheduled to take place from 17th  to 30th  January 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under the theme: : “2016: African Year of Human Rights with particular focus on the Rights of Women”.  This builds up on the 2015 theme of “Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards…

International Human Rights Day 2015

World YWCA Statement We are celebrating Human Rights Day, just when the world leaders have clearly expressed that the basic rights of the majority of the world are yet to be achieved; that statement expressed through the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are observing this day, at a time when…

ICASA 2015

The World YWCA is participating in this week’s ICASA event. The International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) is a major international AIDS conference which takes place in Africa. Its current biennial hosting alternates between Anglophone and Francophone African countries. The 2015 ICASA is being held in Harare, Zimbabwe taking…

World AIDS Day 1 December 2015

In September 2015, Heads of State came together to agree on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which their governments will collectively strive towards over the next 15 years. Within the overarching goal on health issues, Sustainable Development Goal 3, governments have agreed to work to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. This is…

United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 29 November 2015

World YWCA and the YWCA of Palestine Statement The World Young Women’s Christian Association (World YWCA) and its member association, the YWCA of Palestine, join women and men around the word in observing the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. During the past year, violence has escalated tenfold in the Middle…

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 25 November 2015

Today, November 25 is the UN International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women. It is also the first day that women and women’s groups worldwide begin the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. THE 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER VIOLENCE is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute…

African Union Girl Summit on ending child marriage in Africa

In Lusaka, Zambia the African Union is hosting the‘African Girl’s Summit on ending child marriage in Africa’ from the 26-27th November, 2015. The summit will be a two day high level meeting bringing together high level personalities from Member States- First Ladies, high level UN dignitaries, women and girls, civil society organisations including…

World YWCA Council: Bold and Transformative Leadership

The 28th World YWCA Council under the theme ‘Bold and Transformative Leadership’ opened on Sunday 11th October at the Centara Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand; it is the largest gathering of YWCA members from all around the world. It is a time for membership engagement, decision-making, reflections and most importantly networking and having fun….

World YWCA Council 11-16 October 2015

The World Council is the legislative authority and governing body of the World YWCA. During the event, representatives the member associations get together and elect the World YWCA Board, determine policies and set priorities for the coming years. The last World Council had the theme Bold and Transformative Leadership – Towards 2035. It…

The Young Women’s Forum & the International Day of the Girl Child 2015

On the eve of the annual International Day of the Girl Child, taking place on the 11 November 2015, young women leaders of the YWCA Movement have come together to celebrate the theme ‘The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030’ and to endorse the World YWCA statement. The statement calls on…

International Youth Day 12 August 2015

Each year on 12 August International Youth Day is celebrated globally. This year the theme is “Youth Civic Engagement”.  12 August was first designated International Youth Day by the UN General Assembly in 1999, and serves as an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change,…

YWCA at the 29th Session of UN Human Rights Council

As the United Nations Human Rights Council holds its 29th session (HRC29) from June 15th to July 3rd2015, the World YWCA will take an active part to ensure that the HRC makes commitments to women’s and girls’ human rights. Event highlights includes a full-day annual panel discussions on realising the equal enjoyment of…

Human Rights Day 10 December 2016

Every year on 10 December we celebrate Human Rights Day to commemorate the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Read about the World YWCA Human Rights Day celebration 2015 Learn more on the official page of the Human Rights Day

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 29 November 2017

The World WYCA stands strong in the belief that human rights and international law must be affirmed and protected for all. We support Palestine’s right to self determination as guaranteed in UN Resolutions 242 and 338. We affirm the role of women in peace building and conflict resolution at all levels. Learn about…

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 25 November 2016

25 November each year marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and is the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign. Historically, the date is based the day of the tragic 1960 assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic; the…

Week of prayer 13-19 Nov 2016

For over a century, the YWCA and YMCA movements have issued a joint call to pray in the month of November as an important reminder of the spiritual vision that drives our efforts to create a better world for all. The week presents an opportunity for the YWCA and YMCA movements to pray…

Zero Discrimination Day 1 March 2017

On Zero Discrimination Day, we are particularly mindful of the 36.9 million people globally who are living with HIV, and the prejudice and stigma they experience. According to UNAIDS, there are 380,000 young women age 15 to 24 who are newly infected with HIV each year. SRHR Fact Sheet Read more here.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science 11 February 2017

Technology is essential to advance gender equality and women’s rights and to empower young women and girls globally because it transcends the physical, cultural and social barriers that can impede access to opportunities. Read more.  

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation 6 February 2017

Female Genital Mutilation is a gross violation of human rights for adolescent girls, young women and women. It is traumatic and increases their vulnerability to HIV and AIDs, results in fistula and maternal death due to complications during pregnancy. SRHR Fact sheet Violence Against Women Fact sheet

World Interfaith Harmony Week 1-7 February 2017

There is a need for dialogue among different faiths and religions to enhance mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation. The World Interfaith Harmony Week promotes harmony between all people regardless of their faith. This week can be celebrated on global, national and community level. Find out more about it here.