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 were as well as Juli Dugdale from the World YWCA, Avah Naomi Woyengu from YWCA Papua New Guinea and Lesley Pruitt from Monash University. During the Forum, the YWCA Samoa kicked off the 16 Days activism, and held a graduation ceremony for the Rise Up Training of Trainers.

This activity took place during a journey in Asia and  Pacific (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Fiji, Solomon Islands) made by Juli Dugdale, Global Programme Manager Women’s Leadership, World YWCA. During the journey she gave trainings on intergenerational leadership and  to strengthen young women’s leadership, as part of the Rise up programme that has been running since 2012.