Two YWCA Stars of the UN CSW Session for Women: Sarah Arumugam and Modi Mbaraza

March 29, 2017

Sarah Arumugam: Snowy fields surrounded the UN buildings this past week in New York as the 61st annual Conference on the Status of Women known as CSW opened for two weeks with over 5000 women attending. New Yorkers were busy after the second day brought a heavy snowstorm that left all the streets piled with …..

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World YWCA General Secretary Harper Introduced at Reception

March 23, 2017

The YWCA World Service Council and YWCA USA hosted a reception on March 12 at the Yale Club to welcome the YWCA World Delegation (120 women from 50 countries) to the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) sessions. The venue was a perfect setting for networking and relaxing after a day of training …..

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Election Aftermath: What Can We Do Now?

November 16, 2016

From Kay Phillips, YWCA Advocacy Committee, Pacific & Northwest Areas Continue doing what YWCAs have been doing for 158 years – Breaking racial, cultural, and gender barriers Bringing diverse people together and listening to each other’s stories (See below*) Working shoulder to shoulder through YWCA programs to build a more just society Respecting people’s individual differences and …..

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10-year-old Maka is the youngest World YWCA delegate to CSW

March 10, 2015

It all started with a simple invitation to this extraordinary young girl from Zimbabwe, Makanaka Chikowero, for her to come to New York to participate in the Young Women and Girls Forum hosted by the World YWCA and UN Women on March 7th in commemoration of the commitments made in Beijing for women 20 years …..

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Remembering Elizabeth Palmer

October 14, 2014

A true visionary leader of the YWCA movement Ms. Elizabeth Palmer, a resident of Pilgrim Place, California, passed away October 4, 2014 at the age of 101. Ms. Palmer was a trailblazer and an exceptional leader who dedicated her whole life to the YWCA mission. Her vision and leadership resulted in the World YWCA becoming …..

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YWCA International Building Fund is Celebrating 50 Years in 2014!

August 12, 2014

YWCA members and friends have helped YWCAs in other countries with upgrading and building of program centers and facilities for 50 years. Read the following article by Tracy Yellen, WSC member and Chair of the IBF: YWCA INTERNATIONAL BUILDING FUND CELEBRATES 50 YEARS Each year, members of the International Building Fund (IBF) Committee of the …..

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New York YWCA Student Speaks at UN Women-ECOSOC Youth Forum

June 19, 2014

As the United Nations prepares to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Conference in 2015 and to push for enforcement of its Platform for Action, a major  Youth Forum was held at the UN by UN Women and ECOSOC where eight high school students spoke on critical issues that still need world action. Tiffany …..

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Equality for women is progress for all!

March 9, 2014

The World YWCA has issued a statement for the International Women’s Day: “Women across the world still face daily obstacles to their empowerment and constraints to their freedoms. We can speak tirelessly about the existing educational and economic disparities between men and women; the poor representation of women in politics and public life in our …..

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Women at the Forefront of Change: The YWCA One Imperative

March 1, 2014

Mary Douglas, a World Service Council member, is interviewed for the YWCA USA blog on how the One Imperative, “the elimination of racism, wherever it exists and by any means necessary”, was adopted in the YWCA National Convention in 1970. – Continue to YWCA Blog

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Saluting Peg Calhoun

December 20, 2013

The Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA., on New Year’s Day featured a float honoring the women pilots of World War II. Almost three years ago (in March 2010)  300 remaining women pilots of the 1100 women pilots who served during World War II  were honored in Washington DC with the Congressional Medal of Honor. Most …..

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