African Regional Meeting Delegates, Kampala Uganda, 2019

On April 15-16, over 60 women leaders, representing at least 22 YWCAs in Africa participated in a regional meeting held in Kampala, Uganda themed “Transformative and Inter-generational Leadership for a strong and sustainable movement in the African region”.

The meeting provided YWCAs across the region a platform to discuss practical strategies for the engagement of young women in leadership within and outside the YWCA movement. It also became the starting point for improved regional coordination and collaboration in resource mobilisation and programming as participants endorsed the formation of a regional YWCA body in Africa.

The meeting renewed energy and commitment to facilitating shared, intergenerational and transformative leadership that strengthens the movement and amplifies the voice of young women, women and the YWCAs in the African region.

The World YWCA General Secretary, Casey Harden, who participated in the meeting reinforced the importance of investing in working collaboratively and to authentically reach out to and engage young women for a sustainable movement.

The productive meeting was made possible with the generous funding from the Women’s World Day of Prayer, the German Committee, coordination by the YWCA of Uganda and the commitment and leadership of women and young women from the YWCAs in Africa.