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Celebrate the Week of Prayer: 12-18 November, 2017

From 12 to 18 November, 2017, the World YWCA and the World YMCA will celebrate our annual World Week of Prayer. The organisations have collaborated on this annual tradition since 1904. This year’s theme “Stand Up, Speak Up, Be the Voice of the Voiceless” is designed to help us reflect on our responsibility…

YWCA Week Without Violence 2017 Toolkit

The YWCA Week without Violence is an annual global campaign to end the scourge of violence against women and girls. From 16 to 22 October, 2017, Join us in raising awareness, promoting attitude changes and advocating for an end to all forms of violence against women, and girls. This YWCA-led annual global campaign encourages…

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…

International Day of the Girl Child coming soon!

International Day of the Girl Child is coming soon on October 11th and we invite you to join us to mark the occasion!  We are currently putting together a video showcasing our safe space model from all over the world! Join this initiative by sending us pictures of safe spaces in your community so we…

Ending child marriage and supporting married girls

Over the past 18 months, the YWCAs of Ethiopia, India and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have collaborated with their communities to develop new models to support married adolescent girls and protect girls at risk of child, early and forced marriage (CEFM). The programmes helped address girls’ sexual and reproductive health and…

World YWCA Welcomes Japanese Peace Messengers

  August 21, 2017 marked the Japanese Peace Messengers annual visit to the World YWCA Office. Their visit is part of an initiative that dates back to 1998, which is aimed at ending nuclear weapons and establishing world peace by presenting signatures gathered in Japan to the Office for Disarmament Affairs at the United…

Standing Strong Together

  The world is at a pivotal stage. We know this, we have seen it and we continue witnessing it. Things are changing rapidly and women’s human rights are under threat. There is an increase in racism and many of our sisters are facing misogyny and an attack on faiths around the world….

On International Youth Day, we need #YouForHumanRights!

Today, the world celebrates International Youth Day, a day that recognizes the important role of youth as agents and leaders of change and provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges they face. This year’s theme “Youth Building Peace” emphasizes that youth are essential contributors to peacebuilding and conflict prevention. As the…

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…

Jeune S3 Alliance at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2017

  The High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is the main United Nations platform dealing with sustainable development, and was formally established in July 2013. It meets every year under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, and every four years under the auspices of the General Assembly. Its mandate is to:…

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