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Apply now for grants to support ambitious feminist and women’s rights initiatives

Mama Cash, an international fund that supports women’s, girls’ and trans people’s movements around the world is currently accepting grant applications to support ambitious feminist and women’s rights organizations and initiatives. The programme provides funding and support for activists who tirelessly and fearlessly make their voices heard, criticize oppressive or restrictive norms and…

World YWCA launches RiseUp guide for young women’s leadership

The World YWCA has launched a global guide for young women’s transformative leadership. Created by and for young women, RiseUp! helps young women empower themselves and create their own personal transformation as part of their leadership journeys. It also helps them claim their human rights and develop their leadership skills. “We hope that…

Find Your Voice, Share Your Story on World YWCA Day

On 24 April it’s time for World YWCA Day, when we gather to celebrate our successes as a movement and raise awareness and visibility locally, nationally, and globally. This year, our theme is Find Your Voice, Share Your Story. We are preparing a social media and event toolkit for all member associations which will be available soon. Once…

World YWCA delegates RiseUp! for their rights during CSW62

  Nearly 70 World YWCA delegates from around the world are standing up for their rights this week at the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. CSW will take place from March 12 to 23 under the theme Empowering Rural Women and Girls. On Wed, March 14, the…

Thank an inspiring woman on International Women’s Day!

  Is there a woman, young woman or girl in your life who inspires you? We’ve created a very special personalised card for you to let them know how you feel. Celebrate the women who are making a difference in your life and the lives of those around you – and encourage them to do the…

We’re hiring

Passionate about women’s leadership and women’s rights? Want to put your skills in resource mobilization, partnerships, communications, operations and administration to work for a dynamic global organization? Join the World YWCA team at our global headquarters in Geneva! We’re recruiting for five dynamic individuals: a Deputy General Secretary, a Senior Strategic Communications Specialist, a Lead of Strategic…

2016 Annual Report

2016 marked the beginning of a new journey for the World YWCA as we began to focus more strongly on transforming power structures, while empowering young women and advocating for gender equality globally. In 2016, we reached 35 million women, young women and girls globally. We also empowered six million women around the…

Youth Advocates Demand their SRHR at ICASA 2017

The World YWCA led a delegation of young people from Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Benin and Palestine at the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA), 4 to 9 December, 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. “Young people, especially in fragile contexts, are among…

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…

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