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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…

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…

Be bold for change: Our bodies, our rights unite

On International Women’s day, Malayah Harper, General Secretary of the World YWCA would like to say a few words: I often reflect on the tremendous organising energy that came from the 1994 clarion call “women’s rights are human rights”. Yet despite more than 20 years of progressive international commitments for gender equality, in…

Every woman should have the right to choose and the right to dignity #SheDecides

Every woman and young woman has the right to decide whether, with whom, and at what moment to have children. This is a fundamental right and essential to ending child marriage, expanding opportunities for young women and achieving gender equality. On January 23rd, just two days after  millions of women around the world…

For a world free of discrimination

“When I found out at 14 that I was HIV-positive, I didn’t think I would live to see 18, I am turning 22 this year.” This tweet by Saidy Brown generated thousands of re-tweets. Many praised her courage for speaking publicly about her personal experience living with the virus. There are 2.3 million…

Sign up for Human Rights Council Youth Forum

  The Human Rights Council (HRC) is one of the most important international mechanisms promoting and protecting human rights. We are coordinating a Youth Forum to ensure that the Council listens to young people. It will take place on 2 June 2017 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Some of the main activities…

Helping girls to raise their voices

On January 21st,  we hosted an advocacy training in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for 46 young women and girls coming from all regions of Africa. The training took place right before the 29th Gender Is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) Pre-Summit and the 28th African Union Summit (AU). The idea was to give young women and girls…

Young women join GIMAC

The World YWCA is participating in this year’s 29th Gender is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) Pre Consultative Meeting in the African Union (AU) which is taking take place from 22-23 January 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under the theme “Gender Inclusive Youth Empowerment and Development for Peaceful and Prosperous Africa.” The meeting aims to…

Together we can make a difference

On 13 December 2016, our new General Secretary Malayah Harper and the World Office met with representatives from International organizations, NGO’s, partners and friends of the World YWCA at her welcome reception in Geneva. The room was full of people, ideas and excitement when she took the mic to share her vision. She said that she…

Young Women’s forum in Samoa

On November 25, the YWCA Samoa held its first ever Young Women’s forum. The participants were 16 to 35 years old women from the rural communities and from the Apia Urban area. Representatives from the partner organisations Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development of Samoa, World Health Organization and the Ombudsman Office…

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