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Young women of the world embark on the United Nations

Monday 4 March 2013: More than 20 young women from 18 countries embark on the United Nations today as the World YWCA joins with the National Women’s League of Taiwan in launching the Dr Cecilia Koo Advocacy Leadership Institute at an official ceremony hosted by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Organisation in New York.

World YWCA calls on African Governments to commit to ending child, early and forced marriage


For Immediate Release

Addis Ababa, January 22, 2015

World YWCA calls on African Governments to commit to ending child, early and forced marriage.

By 2030, there could be 15.1 million child brides married each year. In developing countries, one in three girls is married by age 18, and one in nine by age 15.

Three former presidents join 1,000 participants from across the globe in Zurich, Switzerland

July 12-13, 2011: Former President of Chile, Dr. Michelle Bachelet, who now heads UN Women, Ms. Ruth Dreifuss, former President of Switzerland and Ms Mary Robinson, Chair, Mary Robinson Foundation on Climate Justice and former President of Ireland, will participate in the 4th International Women's Summit (IWS) on the theme "Women Creating a Safe World".

YWCA England & Wales’ change of working name to Platform 51

World YWCA and YWCA of Great Britain Joint Statement

January 11, 2011: The World YWCA is a global women’s movement founded on a Christian basis, whose mandate is to serve all communities irrespective of their faith. Our purpose is to develop the leadership and collective power of women and girls to achieve justice, peace, freedom, human dignity, health and care for the environment. We affirm this commitment with our presence in 125 countries, 22,000 communities and a reach to 25 million women and girls worldwide. It is a volunteer membership movement, inclusive of women from many faiths, backgrounds and cultures.

World YWCA Launches Global Programme to Improve Reproductive Health and Rights for Young Women

Geneva July 27, 2009: The world is confronted with staggering statistics related to women's health on a daily basis: an unacceptable number of girl-child marriages; women dying in childbirth; and young women exposed to sexually transmitted infections and HIV.

World YWCA welcomes resolution on maternal mortality, calls for inclusion of HIV-positive women’s rights

Geneva, June 18, 2009: The Human Rights Council adopted a ground-breaking resolution on maternal mortality and morbidity on June 17, 2009. As an organisation committed to promoting women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, the World YWCA welcomes the resolution and congratulates member states for their readiness to address maternal health as a human rights issue.

Condoms crucial to AIDS response, Working Group states in open letter to UNAIDS Executive Director

Geneva, February 25, 2009: The Condom Advocacy Working Group has responded to a global statement issued by Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS by urging him to play a leadership role in promoting and advocating male and female condom programming as an essential component of all HIV and AIDS policy.

World YWCA calls for justice after Gaza War and for protection of women and children

Geneva, January 20, 2009 - As Israel and Hamas announce unilateral ceasefires respectively, the World YWCA joins millions of people and organisation in condemning the force and impact of Israel's attack on Gaza. World YWCA calls for real peace and security in the region that can only be achieved through a resolution of the root causes of the conflict.