“Because we strive to be a movement of young women by young women I think that having a Young Women’s Coordinator is a milestone towards reaching our goal” -Unami Moatswi.

We are excited to welcome our new Young Women’s Coordinator Unami Moatswi. Unami is a 25 year old young woman from Botswana and a proud mother of a three and a half year old boy. She has an impressive resume with a BA in Public Administration and Economics from the University of Botswana and an MSC in Development Studies from SOAS University of London. Prior to her work at World YWCA, she was a Teaching Assistant at the University of Botswana.

In her new role, Unami will be working closely with young women around the world on projects directly related to them. She will facilitate their meaningful participation and engagement in World YWCA activities on the international, national, and local levels. Unami will act as the link between young women, the board, and our member associations including key partners. Her work will enable us to reach as many young women as possible, realize their needs and priorities and engage them in our movement.

Unami is not the first Young Women’s Coordinator in the history of World YWCA, as this position has existed for a long time. In fact, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, now the Executive Director of UN Women, was our Young Women’s Coordinator from 1984 until 1987. From 1992 until 1995, Leila Passah held this position and in 2010 she was elected the Vice President of the South East Region and she was appointed the National General Secretary of YWCA of India in 2011.

For Unami, this position is “not a job, but a role” and she believes it will have great impact on young women and their engagement with the movement. According to her, this position should “have an influence and a long-term effect on how young women are treated and listened to”. Unami aims at leaving her mark and bringing us closer towards our vision of having a movement of young women led by young women.