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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…

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…

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…

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…

Meet the Young women’s Global Advisory Council!

Click this image to meet the Young Women’s Task Force We are so excited to announce these dynamic and phenomenal young women who are part of the Young women’s Global Advisory  Council! The key objective of this Young Women’s Global Advisory Council is to give counsel on the way forward to achieving Goal 2035…

Meet the Young women’s Global Advisory Council!

We are so excited to announce these dynamic and phenomenal young women who are part of the Young women’s Global Advisory  Council! The key objective of this Young Women’s Global Advisory Council is to give counsel on the way forward to achieving Goal 2035 of: By 2035, 100 million young women and girls transform…

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…

Apply to become the next UN Secretary General Envoy for Youth!

The United Nation’s Secretary General has launched the call for nominations for the next Youth Envoy and we are excited to be a nominating agency for the YWCA!  This position is key, as the candidate will report directly to the UN Secretary General himself. The Envoy has a critical task to: Harmonize the UN system…

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