The World YWCA believes that addressing violence against women and girls is a priority.
Violence against women and girls is the world’s largest human rights violation and is pervasive in our society. YWCA member associations in more than 70 countries provide support for survivors of violence and those at risk of violence. This includes emergency accommodation, legal services, community education and advocacy for legal and political reform.
YWCAs provide safe spaces where young women and girls can discuss sensitive issues and episodes of violence in a trustworthy and non-judgemental environment, and be redirected to health professionals or legal aid.
As one of the largest global women’s movements reaching over 120 countries, the World YWCA is actively engaged at the global level to advocate, together with its partners, to ensure that women and girls exercise their right to freedom from violence.
Read the full fact sheet on Violence against women here