"In feminist approaches and theory, to have an intersectional approach and awareness has become important to fully understand the complexity of power structures and the relations between them."

A More Inclusive Movement

By 2035 100 million young women and girls will transform power structures to create justice and inclusiveness for all. In the Preamble of the World YWCA Constitution it says “Its vision is of a fully inclusive world where justice, peace, health, human dignity, freedom and care for the environment are promoted and […]

YWCA Goes Global: Lessons From YWCA Of Taiwan

WCA Canada’s Manager of Programs & Projects, Sydney Piggott, was one of 30 young leaders selected for the 2019 Mosaic Taiwan Fellowship – an international diplomacy program for Canadian and American students and young professionals offered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Taiwan’s Vibrant Democracy From […]

"The World YWCA doesn’t just care about women’s rights, but they are actively working towards female equality around the world every day.

My Internship At The World YWCA

first decided to study in Geneva way back in November of 2017. Back then, I had no idea what I was in for. Studying abroad was something that I had always dreamed of doing, and the opportunities that were offered through this program seemed too good to be true – […]

Staff Spotlight: Talisa Avanthay

Meet Talisa Avanthay, Communications Assistant Talisa joined the World YWCA in 2019 with experience of bringing effective communication systems into the development world. Passionate about defending freedom of speech and information, gender equality and the fight against early and forced child marriage, she is keen to stand up for the […]

"Every single young woman that is reached by the World YWCA through leadership training, advocacy events, social media and other programmes is an accomplishment"

A Student Becoming An Intern At The World YWCA

As a Political Science university student, with a focus in International Relations, I have studied the complexity of the many collective efforts by states, and an increasing number of non-state actors, to identify, understand and address a variety of issues and problems in the world today. In this community of […]

I believe in the power of art for social change. Art as a critical step to facilitate better engagement in decision making process and meaningfully raising the voices of young women.

Spotlight On Jane Lagos Salazar

orn and raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Jane Lagos Salazar is a social researcher, a remarkable visual producer and an active volunteer at the YWCA of Honduras. As an active participant in a number of research projects on human rights and public policies, Jane has actively engaged in issues both at community as […]

"I was privileged enough to attend the 40th session of the Human Rights Council, but many young women are not, and the spaces that are not being occupied by young women, are being occupied by others."

I Am Here But Many Young Women Are Not

“We need to integrate young women’s perspectives into decision-making processes, requiring their active participation as implementers, and not just recipients.” This declaration by Tamara Mawhinney, the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN, at the 40th session of the Human Rights Council, at a side event […]

Bella Innovating For Change! ✨

Imagine the difference a young woman can make in society when she proactively takes a stand against a human rights violation like female genital mutilation (FGM). Young women who advocate for sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) transform their lives and the lives of others, by challenging harmful, social and […]