World YWCA Council Update

15 August 2019

From the 17th to 22nd of November, the 29th World YWCA Council will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The theme chosen for the 29th World Council is ‘Young Women Transforming Power Structures for Gender Equality’. This theme is rooted in our bold and transformative Goal 2035 which was adopted by the delegates at the 2015 World Council in Bangkok. This goal states that:

‘By 2035, 100 million young women and girls transform power structures to create justice, gender equality and a world without violence and war; leading a sustainable YWCA movement, inclusive of all women.’

The YWCA engages with millions of women, young women, and girls worldwide to achieve gender equality through an intersectional feminist movement. The World YWCA Council is an intergenerational and unique opportunity that brings together 300- 500 young women and women from over 100 countries every four years to engage in a democratic decision-making process, setting the strategic priorities for an unstoppable movement.

World YWCA and YWCA South Africa, honorary host association, look forward to bringing together the movement under this year’s World Council theme: ‘Young Women Transforming Power Structures for Gender Equality.’

The World YWCA Council is an intergenerational opportunity that brings together 300-500 women and young women from over 100 countries every four years to engage in a democratic decision-making process and set the priorities for our movement. It is also an opportunity for collective discernment of the global situation for women and offers a space for mutual learning and development.

YWCA Canberra is pleased to be sending five members as part of our contingent, including recent Great Ydeas recipient and Canberra college student Sophie Holloway who will take part as an observer. Our CEO Frances Crimmins will also attend as a voting delegate and will look forward to showcasing some of our programs and sharing our learnings with other members of the global YWCA movement.

In addition to our delegation, YWCA Canberra in partnership with YWCA Australia, has contributed a $10,000 financial donation to World YWCA ensuring women from the Pacific region are able to send their delegates to be active participants in this World YWCA Council event.

Donate now to help a young woman leader from a marginalised community join other leaders in South Africa. Your contribution supports young women to advocate for their rights and access leadership opportunities.

This article forms part of YWCA Canberra’s advocacy publication, YAction.

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This publication is about bringing the voices, initiatives and efforts of activists and organisations to the fore – we hope that by doing this we will increase awareness of critical issues and present opportunities for collaboration that our members, friends and supporters can get involved in. Ultimately, we hope to strengthen a movement that works together to achieve gender equality in the ACT, as we believe that this will take a society-wide effort.

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