The World YWCA is a global network of women leading social and economic change in 125 countries worldwide. It advocates for peace, justice, health, human dignity, freedom and care of the environment, and has been at the forefront of raising the status of women since it was founded in 1855.
The World YWCA develops women’s leadership to find local solutions to the global inequalities women face. Each year, it reaches more than 25 million women and girls through work in 22,000 communities. This grassroots development experience shapes the organisation’s global advocacy agenda. YWCA work is inspired by Christian principles and a commitment to women’s full and equal participation in society. It is a volunteer membership movement, inclusive of women from many faiths, backgrounds and cultures.
“We are a movement that stands for social change, a movement which grows leaders, gives voice to women, meets community needs, responds to crisis, builds solidarity across borders, stands up for women’s rights and challenges injustice. Our work changes lives and changes communities.”
- Susan Brennan, World YWCA President
Value based and volunteer driven, the World YWCA movement is built on a strong foundation of grassroots leaders with an intimate knowledge of the challenges women face in their communities. The organisation is guided by their experience and expertise.
The World Council is the quadrennial legislative meeting of the World YWCA, which brings together over 600 representatives from the 100 national associations affiliated to the global YWCA movement. It has primary responsibility for determining the policy, constitution, strategic directions and budgets of the World YWCA. The Council also elects a 20 World board members that is representative of all regions and serves as the governing board of the World YWCA.
|World Young Women Christian Association (YWCA)|
|Address: World YWCA 16
1218 Grand Saconnex
Telephone: (41)22 929 6040
Fax: (41) 22 929 6044