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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:…

leadership is a shared journey: Monash GPS’ study on young women leaders

    The World YWCA has partnered with Monash GPs and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia (DFAT) on a new research project titled “Mobilising Young women’s Leadership and Advocacy in the Asia pacific (MYWLAP)”. Dr. Katrina Lee-Koo, Deputy Director of Monash GPS, and Senior Lecturer Dr Lesley Pruitt  visited the World Office…

Open position: Executive Assistant

    The World YWCA, Office of the General Secretary, is seeking to hire a full-time Executive Assistant to the General Secretary. The position holder provides administrative services and supports the General Secretary in planning, coordinating and implementing her duties to ensure a quality functioning of the General Secretary office. This includes relationship management…

World YWCA opens call for 2018 internship programme

Passionate about women’s rights and global change? Apply for a one-year or short term-internship with the World YWCA in Geneva. Every year, the World YWCA offers two or more one-year internships and two short-term internships for young women from the movement. The internships provide unique opportunities for young women from our movement to…

Young voices at the Human Rights Council

On June 2, 2017, the World YWCA hosted its second annual Youth Forum preceding the June session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC35). The forum gave youth a much-needed platform to discuss human rights and influence decision-makers. According to the UN Population Fund, the global youth population is 1.8 billion, the largest…

Want Young Women to be Leaders? Teach them about SRHR!

Hendrica Okondo is World YWCA’s Global Programme Manager on SRHR & HIV. She is Kenyan and has been part of the YWCA movement for many years. She got involved in the movement through her passion for reading. As a young woman, Hendrica used to go to the local YWCA’s library in Nairobi to…

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