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The World YWCA joins Swiss “purple wave” for gender equality

  On Friday 14 June 2019, the World YWCA joined a “purple wave” of hundreds of thousands of women across Switzerland that took the streets to demand gender equality in all spheres of life and work. Specific demands included a higher pay, greater equality and more respect, protesting that one of the world’s…

World YWCA at Women Deliver 2019, Vancouver, Canada

Over the past many months the team at World YWCA was actively involved in the preparations and programme design of Women Deliver 2019 through the presence in the Advisory Group, the Communications and Advocacy Group as well as the Youth Group. As a representative of a wide movement of young women and women,…

Young Women connect at the Tunis Gender Forum 2019

Women and young women from the YWCA raised their voices advocating for feminist ways to build long-term peace processes from grassroots level to global engagement at the Tunis Gender Forum 2019. *Insert button READ MORE after here, and then it will open link in World YWCA website. The forum held in Tunisia from…

Celebrating the Movement’s history, present and future: World YWCA Day

On April 24th, YWCAs around the world celebrated World YWCA Day under the World Council 2019 theme: Young Women Transforming Power Structures for Gender Equality”. To commemorate this special occasion, local and national member associations held a number of events and activities, to celebrate our leadership, our achievements and efforts advancing women, young women and girls’…

Transformative inter-generational leadership for action: Africa Regional Meeting

On April 15-16, over 60 women leaders, representing at least 22 YWCAs in Africa participated in a regional meeting held in Kampala, Uganda themed “Transformative and Inter-generational Leadership for a strong and sustainable movement in the African region”. The meeting provided YWCAs across the region a platform to discuss practical strategies for the…

Young women transforming narratives to achieve their reproductive rights and mental health

The project “Promoting the realization of the right to health for young women and girls“  supported by the Government of Finland,  will support and build the capacity of 400 young women champions to transform negative narratives around young women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and mental health. As part of this project,…

Tunis Gender Forum 2019

The Tunis Gender Forum, held in Tunisia from April 24-26th brought together approximately 500 participants representing local, national, regional and global perspectives, to discuss civil society’s engagement in different human rights processes and mechanisms. The forum  offered the opportunity to review the processes of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing +25),  the 20th anniversary…

African Regional Meeting 2019

On April 15-16, a number of YWCAs  came together to attend the African Regional meeting (ARM), themed “Transformative and Intergenerational leadership for a strong and sustainable movement in Africa”. The meeting covered a number of important topics including the formation of a consortium for resource mobilisation in particular with the regional bodies such as the…

✨International Women’s Day 2019 – Innovating for change! ✨

Imagine the difference a young woman makes when she has the opportunity for a transformative leadership journey using, her unique talents to building her confidence and leadership. Imagine how far a young woman can go, when she can live freely with dignity, safety and pride. Imagine the difference a young woman can make…

Meet the YWCA at the CSW 2019 in New York

The YWCA movement and the World YWCA are all excited to participate in the 63rd United Nations Commission for Status of Women (CSW) happening in New York from 11th March to 22nd March 2019. The thematic focus for this year is social protection systems and access to public services for gender equality and…

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