The World Young Women’s Christian Association

The World YWCA was founded on faith in Jesus Christ. Since its foundation in 1894, it advocates for peace, justice, human dignity, freedom and care of the environment, and has been at the forefront of raising the status of women. The purpose of the World YWCA is to develop the leadership and collective power of women around the world to achieve its belief and principle for all people.

The movement from which the World YWCA originated began in London in 1855 (the period of European Industrial Revolution). The founders are Lady Mary Jane Kinnaird and Emma Robarts. The former provided shelters for young women who left home for work in factories or followed Florence Nightingale to serve at the Crimean War; the latter assembled women to pray and study the Bible. The prayer ministry and hostel service were amalgamated later to become the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA). Since many countries followed England to set up YWCA, the World YWCA was established in 1894 and based in Geneva, Switzerland. The First World’s YWCA Conference was held in 1898 in London with 326 representatives from 17 different countries. The conference played an important role in consolidating the collaboration amongst different headquarters on a global scale. YWCA is currently present in over 125 countries or regions.

The World YWCA has nurtured many women leaders to help women handle social inequities. Every year, over 250 thousands members of the World YWCA provide assistance for local women in 22,000 different communities. All participants in this campaign are volunteers and women with different religious and cultural backgrounds.

Through different services and activities, the World YWCA strongly advocates for women’s status in society, economy, culture, religion and politics with a particular emphasis on education, reproductive health and rights, HIV, violence against women, human rights, peace, justice and economic development.

Into the World YWCA:  http://www.worldywca.org/
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