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Meaningfully including Youth in the Human Rights Council

At present, the world’s population consists of 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 ( UNFPA). This number is higher than at any other point in history and this reality calls on decision makers to urgently address the concerns and wishes of young people. If youth remain unreached by policies and programmes, we risk losing them as drivers of social and economic prosperity. To guarantee that they are equipped to seize opportunities and become empowered to drive positive change, it is critical that we ensure that young people have a voice within our decision making processes.

Power to Change Fund: Apply before 5 July 2016

The Power to Change Fund is a re-granting mechanism from the World YWCA to YWCAs globally. The fund is designed to invest in women and girls’ leadership development to advance social change around the world. Only affiliated YWCA Member Associations can apply and must fulfil stringent guidelines and application procedures.

Youth making history and engaging human rights for a brighter future

On 10 June 2016, approximately 120 young leaders, aged 30 years and below, from the different regions of the world gathered at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, Switzerland to raise their voices in regards to different human rights issues and to develop a series of recommendations to be presented in the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC). This was certainly an historic event, as it was the first time that youth got to formally convene for the HRC and have access to a platform that allowed them to discuss key human rights issues of importance to their lives. Additionally, as the HRC is one of the most important international mechanisms for promoting and protecting human rights from all over the globe, participants developed the youth forum formal declaration that will be presented during the HRC to UN Member States. 

World YWCA to host first-ever Youth Forum before UN Human Rights Council in Geneva


10 June, 2016 – GENEVA – The World YWCA, an NGO specialising in women’s leadership and women’s rights, will host the first-ever Youth Forum before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HCR), today, 10 June, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. More than 120 young men and women from Switzerland and around the world will participate in the Forum, which the World YWCA has developed in conjunction with UN Member States, UN agencies and NGOs. 

First HRC Youth Forum Invitation

The World Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) will convene a Youth Forum on Friday 10 June 2016 before the start of the 32nd session of the  Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Flooding in Kenya

The YWCA of Kenya is calling for assistance due to the recent heavy rains and flooding which has led to collapsed buildings and loss of lives. We would be very grateful for your help in spreading the information, for your prayers and contributions to their work to support women and  children affected by the disaster.

68th Anniversary of Al Nakba May 15, 2016

No one puts their children in a boat,
unless the water is safer than the land.
From Home by Warsan Shire

Expanding horizons, changing attitudes

There are over 2 million ICT-related jobs available globally. To empower girls and young women to consider careers in ICT, the UN agency  International Telecommunication Union (ITU), has created International Girls in ICT Day.  Since 2011, it is celebrated in 160 countries around the world with more than 5,600 events and the participation of over 200,000 girls and young women. 

Women Deliver more than Babies

Women Deliver’s 4th Global Conference, is taking place 16-19 May 2016 in Copenhagen. It is the largest gathering on girls’ and women’s health and rights in a decade and one of the first major global conferences following the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The World YWCA has a delegation consisting of World YWCA General Secretary, Staff and young women from the YWCA global movement including India, Australia, Denmark, Haiti, Malawi and Scotland. The conference is hosting 5543 delegates from 165 countries and 2500 different organizations. The live streaming has 1 billion viewers registered from across the world.