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Happy World YWCA Day 2019!

Message from the General Secretary, World YWCA Dear leaders, Today is World YWCA Day! It’s a day to celebrate our accomplishments and efforts as a powerful movement that advances the human rights and leadership of women, young women and girls across the globe. Our movement was founded beginning of 1855, through the faith…

Road to World Council 2019

From the 17th to 22nd of November, the 29th World YWCA Council will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Center. The YWCA engages with millions of women, young women, and girls worldwide to achieve gender equality through an intersectional feminist movement. The World YWCA Council…

YWCA leaders from across the globe come together for CSW63

From March 8th – 15th the World YWCA and YWCA leaders from different regions of the world, gathered together with Representatives of Member States, UN agencies and other stakeholders, to raise their voices and to collectively advocate for women’s rights in the United Nations 63rd Commission on the Status of Women in New…

Standing strong together and in solidarity

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. Racism and other acts of violence have been increasing. Many of our sisters are facing misogyny and an attack on faiths around the…

World YWCA Day 2019 Toolkit is now available!

Every year on April 24th, YWCAs around the world celebrate World YWCA Day. It is a day to observe our common membership and achievements in a movement that advances the human rights and leadership of women, young women and girls. On this day, we recognize our movement’s efforts in creating positive change for…

“Come – Everything is ready” World Day of Prayer 2019

“Come – Everything is ready” was the theme for this year’s World Day of Prayer, as an invitation to praise, thank, and proclaim the kingdom of love. The World YWCA, together with the Lutheran World Federation & the World Council of Churches, joined others around the world in celebrating this day, reflecting &…

Meet the World YWCA Team

The World YWCA office in Geneva plays many core functions. The office is a supporter, a strategist, a catalyst and an advocate for the YWCA movement. Our focus is to engage young women globally, building transformational leadership capabilities on core issues of advocacy for girls and women’s rights. Here, we introduce you to…

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 2018

The World YWCA stands strong in the belief that human rights and international law must be affirmed and protected for all. On International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, we delivered a joint statement at the United Nations Office in Geneva , highlighting our support to Palestine’s right to self determination as…

World YWCA/YMCA Week of Prayer and World Fellowship 2018

For over a century, the YWCA and YMCA movements have issued a joint call to pray in the month of November as an important reminder of the spiritual vision that drives their efforts to create a better world for all people. The week presents an opportunity for the YWCA and YMCA movements to…

Building Safe Spaces: World YWCA and IKEA Partner for Young Women’s Leadership

The World YWCA has been working for the empowerment and leadership of women, young women and girls for more than a century to advance their human rights. One core component to ensure inclusive-ity and that everyone has a voice in the process, is through the creation of Safe Spaces. A YWCA Safe Space is…

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