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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

A young woman’s take on leadership: “Get out of your comfort zone!”

  Emily Allender is a young woman from Maryland, USA. She is currently finalizing her studies in Public Health and Political Science. As part of her curriculum she decided to pursue an internship at the World YWCA. Emily believes  that -when given access to opportunities – young women can embrace their power and…

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…

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