Snapshots of a few World Councils held from 1959 to 2015

From the 17th to 22nd of November, the 29th World YWCA Council will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Center.

The YWCA engages with millions of women, young women, and girls worldwide to achieve gender equality through an intersectional feminist movement. The World YWCA Council is an intergenerational and unique opportunity that brings together 300- 500 young women and women from over 100 countries every four years to engage in a democratic decision-making process, setting the strategic priorities for an unstoppable movement.

World YWCA and YWCA South Africa, honorary host association, look forward to bringing together the movement under this year’s World Council theme: “Young Women Transforming Power Structures for Gender Equality.”

Here is an exciting video from the World Council 2015 that was published in 2016, highlighting the happenings from the event.

Pre-registration for World Council 2019 opened for national member associations on March 25th and will stay open until May 15th, 2019. For more information about registration for this event, see the attached cover letter below.

To pre-register, national member associations are asked to complete the pre-registration form and submit it at Or, you can register electronically through the online form linked below.

Please download the pre-registration form through a desktop, you won’t be able to download the form from a phone.

English :

Pre-registration cover letter

Pre-registration form 

Pre-registration online

Spanish/ Español :

Carta de presentación 

Formulario de preinscripción 

Preinscripción de forma electrónica   

French/ Français :

Lettre de présentation de la pré-inscription

Formulaire de pré-inscription

Formulaire de pré-inscription en ligne

You will soon have access to more information on the World Council 2019 through our internal newsletters, website and other channels of World YWCA communication.

Sponsorship opportunities are now available. In case you are interested in sponsoring the World Council, please contact Thabani Sibanda, Lead, Strategic Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation at :

Email for additional information.

Click here to access World Council 2019 website