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
Founded 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. 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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