Every year on April 24, YWCAs around the world celebrate World YWCA Day. For 160 years, YWCA leaders and pioneers have taken action in communities to make human rights a reality. In 2020, YWCA has been building strong, powerful and humble advocates and fighters who have supported those around and promoted sisterhood every time, especially during a crisis.
For World YWCA Day 2021, we will celebrate the individual leaders that make up our powerful and longstanding global movement, the theme for this year is: “A Celebration of YWCA Leaders.”
In 2021, a critical year of women celebration, leadership and action- we ask you to reflect and think about which leaders, pioneers and fighters you want to celebrate for their inspiration, courage, story, passion and sisterhood. These leaders are intergenerational, intercultural, intersectional. They remind us that leaders are beyond power positions, beyond designations and more in making an impact on communities, on lives and on individuals for the better.
Take this opportunity to celebrate leaders who inspired you, supported and empowered you to be a leader in your community and beyond, to be the change you want to see.
On April 24, 2021, YWCAs from all around the world joined the World YWCA to celebrate World YWCA Day virtually by paying their tributes, gratitude and thank you’s to the YWCA leaders past and present. Through digital engagement, YWCAs and leaders of the movement shared powerful stories of inspiration, motivation and sisterhood that have played an instrumental role in shaping their own leadership.
As World YWCA announced the theme, the buzz was evident as YWCAs around the world started preparing for the day. Since 2020, the day has moved online, given the impact of the pandemic. World YWCA shared a tool for engagement with inspiring ideas and templates for moving the celebration online, especially using social media. Many YWCAs shared powerful stories of mentorship, sisterhood and courage from leaders, inspiring the current and upcoming leaders, especially during this tough period of global pandemic impacting communities all around the world.
Don’t forget to engage on social media using the hashtag #YWCALeaders #WYD2021.
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