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World YWCA joins the World Day of Prayer to “Rise! Take your Mat and Walk”

The World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement that welcomes and brings women together in prayer and action while creating awareness about other countries and cultures. Millions of people across the globe observe this special day, celebrated annually on the first Friday in March. Each year the World Day of Prayer…

Meet Ellie and Helen, World YWCA Colgate University Interns 2020

  Every year the World YWCA welcomes interns from Colgate University for three months in our office in Geneva, Switzerland. Internships at World YWCA are an opportunity to reinforce our commitment to young women’s leadership by providing young women and girls the opportunity to enhance and develop their knowledge and skills. The hands-on work…

DFAT-Funded Leadership Initiative Riseup! Making Young Women Leadership a Reality

As the World YWCA continues its journey to Goal 2035 of “100 million young women and girls transforming power structures to create justice, gender equality and a world without violence”, we look to key levers for young women to harness their capacity for leadership and advocacy. One such mechanism centered on the leadership…

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) of Rise Up!: Progress Updates

The World YWCA model for leadership & advocacy known as Rise Up! supports young women and their allies to build individual and collective capabilities to affect change in their communities and provide the platform for young women to connect and mobilise. Naomi Woyengu, our regional coordinator, gives you an overview on the process…

World YWCA Office has a Newly Designed Safe Space

Since 2018, the World YWCA has been working with IKEA Vernier (Switzerland) and Elizabeth Nash to redesign the office based on a cohesive feminist approach to interior and program planning. The recent addition to the office has been the safe space. Elizabeth Nash, a friend of the YWCA, has worked to bring this…

Meet Mira Rizeq our New President

    Dear Sisters from YWCA’s all around the world Dear Deborah and Casey Dear Staff and Volunteers,       I am honored to stand here today as the newly elected President of the World YWCA for the next quadrennium, and I say thank you, thank you so much for each and…

Meet the new Nominations Committee

Lynne Kent and Roslyn Dundas with the New Board 2020- 2023   Nominations Committee: Dede Attiogbe – Togo/AFRICA (YW) (BM) Eman Abbasi – Jordan/MIDDLE EAST (YW) (BM) Young Hee Won – Korea/ASIA Jeannette Van Dongen – Netherlands/EUROPE Valeria Rojas Borda – Bolivia/LATIN AMERICA (YW)

Meet the Newly elected World YWCA Board!

Earlier this year, we introduced all the candidates that stood up for the World YWCA board. The elections for the World YWCA Board held at the World Council were a reminder of how the movement believes in the power of young women at decision making positions. The new World Board was selected with…

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….

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