Role of the World YWCA and their networking partners
The world Young Women's Christian Association (World YWCA) is a global network of women leading social and economic change in over 120 countries worldwide.
It promotes programmes that support leadership training, social and environmental justice and has been at the forefront of raising the status of women for more than a century. The World YWCA develops women's leadership to find local soutions to the global inequalities women face. Each year, it reaches more than 25 million women and girls through work in over 20,000 communities. Through advocy, training and development the World YWCA empowers women, including young women, to lead social change.
This grassroots development experience shapes the organisation's global advocy agenda. The World YWCA and its associations are 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. The World YWCA affirms that women's human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated.
- More than 120 Countries
- 108 Association
- 12 Countries working towards affiliation
- 20,000 Communities
- 7.6 million women and girls-global outreach
- 3 million members worldwide
A human rights framework and the Millennium Development Goals guide the YWCA advocacy and services as a partnership organisation, which seeks to empower women and girls and bring practical experience from the community level to national, regional and international policy makers. The movement is also guided in its work by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Platform for Action, the Declaration of Commitment on HIV and AIDS, as well as the agenda of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).
The World YWCA works in collaboration with many partner organisations and networks to advance its advocacy and programme work, including women's networks, ecumical, youth and international organisations and UN agencies operating with women and young women.