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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

World YWCA and YWCA of Palestine Joint Statement on the U.S. decision on Jerusalem

We are deeply concerned and saddened by the US administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move their embassy there in the near future. Jerusalem is a city of three faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and two peoples: the Palestinians and the Israelis. This decision violates international law and…

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 29 November 2017

On November 29, the World YWCA and its member association, the YWCA of Palestine, marked the annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The two organizations called on individuals globally to observe the day, and asked the international community to take action to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine to help build a sustainable…

Young Women in the Pacific Speak Up for their Rights!

  In early October 2017, the World YWCA participated in the 13th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and 6th Meeting of the Pacific Ministers for Women, which took place in Suva, Fiji under the theme “Pacific Women’s economic empowerment”. During the session, young women from the World YWCA and YWCA of Papua New…

Geneva Peace Week: 6 to 10 November 2017

  Geneva is home to a large number of international organizations, including more than 40 United Nations entities, a thriving community of non-governmental organizations and renowned academic and research institutions. Together, all these actors work for peace, rights and well-being, touching the lives of individuals across the world. Geneva Peace Week offers an…

Driving Transformative Change

            One of my favourite quotes is by Eleanor Roosevelt: “…..tho the responsibility seems great, I’ll just do my best and trust in God.” For those of you who aren’t familiar with her, Eleanor was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States. She spent 16 years in…

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