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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…

Ending child marriage and supporting married girls

Over the past 18 months, the YWCAs of Ethiopia, India and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have collaborated with their communities to develop new models to support married adolescent girls and protect girls at risk of child, early and forced marriage (CEFM). The programmes helped address girls’ sexual and reproductive health and…

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…

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:…

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…

Registration to HRC Youth Forum is now open!

  The Human Rights Council (HRC) is one of the most important international mechanisms for strengthening, promoting and protecting human rights. Yet, youth participation at the Council is limited. There is an urgent need for clear guidance on how young people can participate and engage meaningfully in the regular sessions of HRC and…

Girls in ICT 2017

  Economic empowerment through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is one of the World YWCA’s key programmes. The participation of more young women and girls in science and math programmes is crucial to increase the number of innovative solutions to address community needs and ultimately realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On Girls…

Happy World YWCA Day 2017!

Message from our General Secretary: Malayah Harper It is really my pleasure to extend an invitation to celebrate, in solidarity, World YWCA Day—a day where we recognize our achievements and really also look to the future in terms of how we stand together in solidarity and create a better world. When Lady Mary…

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