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World YWCA and YWCA of Palestine Joint Statement on the U.S. decision on Jerusalem

We are deeply concerned and saddened by the US administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move their embassy there in the near future. Jerusalem is a city of three faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and two peoples: the Palestinians and the Israelis. This decision violates international law and…

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 29 November 2017

On November 29, the World YWCA and its member association, the YWCA of Palestine, marked the annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The two organizations called on individuals globally to observe the day, and asked the international community to take action to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine to help build a sustainable…

Join the World YWCA Team!

Passionate about women’s leadership and women’s rights? Want to put your skills in governance, operations, resource mobilization and communications to work for a dynamic global organization? Join the World YWCA team at our global headquarters in Geneva! We’re recruiting for a Deputy General Secretary to work closely with the General Secretary to guide…

Young Women in the Pacific Speak Up for their Rights!

  In early October 2017, the World YWCA participated in the 13th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and 6th Meeting of the Pacific Ministers for Women, which took place in Suva, Fiji under the theme “Pacific Women’s economic empowerment”. During the session, young women from the World YWCA and YWCA of Papua New…

Join our #16Days of Activism Campaign!

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day). It was initiated in 1991 by the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute,…

NGO CSW/NY is accepting nominations for the Woman of Distinction Award!

  Every year NGO CSW/NY presents the Women of Distinction Award to a woman in recognition of her leadership in the struggle for gender equality, human rights and women’s empowerment. The awardee gives the Keynote Address at the Consultation Day, the launch of the CSW62 Forum. The award is presented at the NGO…

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…

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