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CPD Oral Statement: Strengthening the demographic evidence base

The Commission on Population and Development opened its 49th session on April 11, 2016 under the theme: "Strengthening the demographic evidence base for the post-2015 development agenda" at United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA. 

The 49th UN Commission on Population and Development

The Commission on Population and Development (CPD) is an annual week-long meeting at the United Nations, where advocates and member states gather to create a resolution document that upholds the Programme of Action created at the International Conference on Population Development (ICPD) in 1994.The Programme of Action, adopted by 179 governments, marked a new understanding among world bodies that population and development are inextricably linked, and that women’s empowerment is the key to both. 

Calling all brand and communications experts

We are establishing a World YWCA Branding and Communications Experts Group to provide us with advice, resources and a “test market” for new communications initiatives. 

Vacancy Announcement General Secretary, World YWCA

This is an exciting opportunity for a woman to lead an international organisation with a reach of 25 million women and girls in 122 countries around the world as we strive to achieve our new bold and transformative vision. The World YWCA is the world’s largest faith-based women’s organisation promoting the human rights and leadership development of women, young women and girls globally.

Check out our NEW blogsite SHE SPEAKS

The World YWCA is excited to launch our NEW blog site SHE SPEAKS.

She Speaks is a blog that features contributions from young women and girls who are leading social and economic change in their communities. The contributors share stories about the challenges they face in their community and offer solutions and insights that can bring about sustainable change–especially to the lives of young women and girls. On SHE SPEAKS, you can also find interesting news, jobs and global opportunities.

CSW60 Agreed Conclusions Some losses Small Gains

The 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) concluded on Friday March 25, with UN Member States committing to the gender-responsive implementation of Agenda 2030. The annual CSW meeting to review progress on women’s empowerment was the first since the UN general assembly adopted the sustainable development goals (SDGs), the roadmap for ending poverty, inequality and conserving the environment over the next 15 years that was agreed in September.

CSW Youth Forum issues declaration

As part of the first-ever CSW Youth Forum, the 400 young women and young men participants are raising their collective voices on issues of importance to youth around the world. On 17 March, the Youth Forum issued an official 2016 YouthCSW Declaration on Gender Equality and the Human Rights of Young Women and Girls. 

Power to Change Fund 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. Grant amounts range from USD $10,000 to $25,000, and stringent guidelines and application procedures apply. 

YWCA Young Women and Girls on the World Stage with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

The Government of Canada has been promoting feminism, equal pay and young women’s leadership at the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York this week. The World YWCA and YWCA Canada were very pleased to be invited share the stage with Canada at key intersections. 

Youth addressing the opening of CSW60

On behalf of ALL the young women and young men in all our diversities, from all corners of the world, with our varied experiences, we thank you, for this opportunity to effectively participate in CSW60.
We are so grateful to UN Women Executive Director Phumzile for your personal commitment and leadership in placing young people at the centre of the CSW agenda and for the adoption of UN Women’s Youth and Gender Equality Strategy, highlighting the much needed LEAPs Framework.
We thank the chair of CSW, his Excellency, Ambassador Patriota, for becoming the 1st chair to receive a Youth Statement.