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Young Women Rise: UN CSW Youth Forum

The World YWCA doesn’t do advocacy by half measure. Picture 1,000 young people from every continent queuing in the bitter cold New York streets for a seat in a plush chair and chance to share their voice inside the United Nations headquarters. There are not many things we would queue […]

Change Starts With Us!

By Sahita Pierre-Antoine Over the summer, I had the opportunity to interview Islindy, a Board Member of the local chapter of the YWCA here in Haiti. Although she grew up in the States, Islindy has been involved with YWCA-Haiti for quite some time. She spent this past summer in Haiti […]

Creating a New Me

My Name is Mekdelawit Desta and I am a volunteer at the YWCA in Ethiopia. I was given the incredible opportunity to participate in the youth training organised through the World YWCA which had been prepared for the pre-African Union Summit.  Here is a brief summary of my thoughts about the […]

Expanding My Horizons through AU

My name is Rose Robert Manumba, I am a lawyer and a Program Coordinator at the YWCA of Tanzania. I had the opportunity to attend the 29th Gender Is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) Summit and the 9th AU Pre-Gender Summit at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where the theme was, “Harnessing demographic dividend through […]

Youth speak up at UN Human Rights Council

In June 2016, the World YWCA sought to involve more youth in the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) session in Geneva, Switzerland. Together with our partners, we invited youth from around the world who were passionate about their rights and politics to come to the UN HRC and exchange perspectives […]

Make Menstrual Products Free!

During my attendance at this year CSW conference, I had an opportunity to attend one of the most exciting trainings on how to make access to lasting feminine hygiene solutions. We were told on how the Days for Girls International was started, and it was such an inspiration. We all […]

AIDS 2016 Access Equity Rights Now!

My journey to Durban was a long and hectic one after being denied visas to the beautiful land of South Africa in the name of insecurity despite the fact that I would be under a group of very powerful women from the YWCA! Lucky enough I got to the Joburg […]

We Are Here to Claim Our Space

by Rati Muyambo, Gender and Media student at the University of Cape Town As a young woman who is passionate about gender equality and young women’s issues, I had the privilege of attending the first ever Human Rights Council Youth Forum in Geneva. On the 10th of June, youth from all […]