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Girls in ICT 2017

  Economic empowerment through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is one of the World YWCA’s key programmes. The participation of more young women and girls in science and math programmes is crucial to increase the number of innovative solutions to address community needs and ultimately realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On Girls…

Happy World YWCA Day 2017!

Message from our General Secretary: Malayah Harper It is really my pleasure to extend an invitation to celebrate, in solidarity, World YWCA Day—a day where we recognize our achievements and really also look to the future in terms of how we stand together in solidarity and create a better world. When Lady Mary…

Apply to become the next UN Secretary General Envoy for Youth!

The United Nation’s Secretary General has launched the call for nominations for the next Youth Envoy and we are excited to be a nominating agency for the YWCA!  This position is key, as the candidate will report directly to the UN Secretary General himself. The Envoy has a critical task to: Harmonize the UN system…

Creating new opportunities in conflict and post conflict countries

The Finland Ministry of Foreign Affairs is supporting a three-year programme focussing on economic empowerment of women in conflict and post conflict countries in Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, South Sudan and Tanzania. The project comes to an end in April 2017.  At the beginning of the month, five participating YWCA associations met in Kathmandu, Nepal…

World YWCA Day 2017 Toolkit is now available!

  Every year on April 24, YWCAs around the world celebrate World YWCA Day. It’s a day to observe our common membership and achievements in a movement that advances the human rights and leadership of women, young women and girls. It’s a time to recognize our movement’s efforts in creating positive change for…

Denouncing the shrinking space space for women’s rights organizations

During the 61’st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), the World YWCA joined the WRC Caucus and denounced the shrinking space for feminist and women’s rights organizations at CSW and across the globe. Read the media statement here: Feminist persistence pays off at UN Commission Status of Women, but challenges loom large in the…

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…

Young women rise up at CSW61

Last week, 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. Previous to the official opening of the event, more than half of…

Apply! Youth Forum at the UN Human Rights Council

Apply now to make your voice heard at the next Youth Forum at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland! The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) is one of the most important international mechanisms to strengthen the promotion and protection of human rights around the world. The Youth Forum takes place on 2 June, right before…

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…

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