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World YWCA / YMCA Week of Prayer 2019

From 10 to 16 November, 2019, the World YWCA and the World YMCA will observe the World Week of Prayer with the theme “Young people transforming power structures for gender equality.” The two organisations have collaborated on this tradition since 1904. To achieve a world in which all young people are inspired and equipped…

Week Without Violence Toolkit 2019 is now available!

Gender based violence comes in many forms and undermines the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims. Yet, it remains shrouded in a culture of silence. Violence against women and girls particularly, is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world! It knows no social, economic or national boundaries….

Call for Young Women Activists !

We are Looking for Young Women Activists ! Are you a passionate, feminist age 30 and under ? Do you like to undertake challenges for your personal and professional growth? Do you want to contribute to social movements, gender justice and social change ? Do you agree that amplifying young women voices advocating their…

Exciting opportunity: Young Women Leadership Cohort 2019!

    The World YWCA is pleased to announce the Young Women Leadership Cohort 2019. As a young women leadership initiative, the Leadership Cohort will provide opportunity for two (2) or more young women from the YWCA movement to experience the international community-building, work and reach of the World YWCA. The cohort programme…

Japanese students bring message of peace, nuclear disarmament, and hope to the World YWCA

  The World YWCA had the honour to welcome a vibrant delegation of 23 young peace messengers from Japan that travelled to Geneva to advocate for the elimination of nuclear weapons and strengthen the ties of international solidarity and cooperation for a peaceful world. The peace messengers, also known as the “Youth Communicators”…

Juli Dugdale- a YWCA leader and bright light

      On August 12th, 2019, the YWCA movement lost one of its brightest shining stars, Juli Dugdale. YWCA leader and bright light to many, passed away in Geneva, with her partner Colin by her side. Juli was a force of good within our movement and transformed the lives of hundreds of…

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 wealthiest…

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…

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