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 attending CSW61 could network with each other, meet and discuss issues with policy makers, or just chill. Among the special guests who engaged in safe space dialogue with the young women were: Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canadian Minister of International Development and La Francophonie; Sharman Stone, Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls; Phumzile Mlambo, Executive Director of UN Women; Natalia Kanem, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director (Programme) of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); among other ambassadors, mentors and decision makers.

Each of them sat in a circle with the young women to discuss different topics and matters that affect them and other girls around the world.

The Safe Space also provided a great place to meet with partner organisations like the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and to develop a Young Women’s Caucus. During the Caucus, the participants drafted a statement on the type of progress young women would like to see on the global goals, related to gender equality.

To view more pictures of the Egumeni Safe Space at CSW61, visit our flikr page here.