World Young Women's Christian Association (World YWCA)

Alliance mondiale des unions chrétiennes féminines (YWCA mondiale)
Asociación Cristiana Femenina Mundial (YWCA mundial)

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1855, London (UK), during the industrial revolution in Great Britain, when young women, drawn by the prospect of jobs and opportunities, gave up rural living and moved to London city. By 1894 there were YWCAs in several countries worldwide, sharing a commitment to peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people. At this time, the YWCAs of Great Britain, USA, Norway and Sweden joint to form the World YWCA, one of the first independent international women's organizations in the world. The organization made it possible for YWCAs to work more cohesively, and has been a pioneer in raising the status of women and international awareness of issues affecting women. Constitution revised 1930 and 1941. New Constitution adopted 1955; revised: 1963; 1983; 1987; 1991; 1995; 1999; 2003; 2007; 2011; 2015. Previously also referred to in German as Weltbund Christlicher Verbände Junger Frauen. Registered in accordance with the Swiss Civil Code.


Develop the leadership and collective power of women and girls worldwide to achieve justice, peace, health, human dignity, freedom and a sustainable environment for all people.

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Training/education; capacity building; advocacy/lobbying/activism; networking/liaising.


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Special); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Consultative Status); Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (Special Status); International Labour Organization (ILO) (Special List); United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 3 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 13 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 109 countries
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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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