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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….

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”…

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…

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…

“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 &…

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…

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