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International Day of Non-Violence Campaign

  The YWCA movement has time and again proved that women, young women and girls have the capability to make the world a better place. A world built on the principles of peace, non-violence, inclusion, diversity and equal opportunities. Through our work in the field of sustainable development, gender equality and empowerment, we…

Young women deliver their Peace Message at the World YWCA

Every year, since more than past 20 years, Peace Messengers from Japan come to The World YWCA office in Geneva to spread the message of peace in the background of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Most of them are 3rd and 4th generation survivors, young and courageous to share stories from…

SEVEN on Tour (Geneva)

  The #MeToo campaign has highlighted the need for powerful new ways to promote gender equality and to create Safe Spaces, both physical and virtual, to enable the voices of marginalised women to be heard. It has fuelled an ongoing conversation, which the United Nations system urgently needs to seize upon, to promote…

World YWCA Day 2018 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 also a time to recognize our movement’s efforts in creating positive change…

Find Your Voice, Share Your Story on World YWCA Day

On 24 April it’s time for World YWCA Day, when we gather to celebrate our successes as a movement and raise awareness and visibility locally, nationally, and globally. This year, our theme is Find Your Voice, Share Your Story. We are preparing a social media and event toolkit for all member associations which will be available soon. Once…

2016 Annual Report

2016 marked the beginning of a new journey for the World YWCA as we began to focus more strongly on transforming power structures, while empowering young women and advocating for gender equality globally. In 2016, we reached 35 million women, young women and girls globally. We also empowered six million women around the…

Join the World YWCA Team!

Passionate about women’s leadership and women’s rights? Want to put your skills in resource mobilization, partnerships, communications, operations and administration to work for a dynamic global organization? Join the World YWCA team at our global headquarters in Geneva! We’re recruiting for four dynamic individuals: a Senior Strategic Communications Specialist, a Lead of Strategic Partnerships…

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…

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…

Challenging Gender Bias…One Step at a Time

  Growing up in Palestine has always had its difficulties. My country has been colonized for 69 years, but that’s not the only problem. As a young woman, I am also surrounded by patriarchy. These challenges have shaped my past and continue to shape my present. As important as it is to acknowledge…

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