WSC Features

WSC to launch next century of service, Oct. 22

Thursday, August 26, 2021

After much discussion around health and safety considerations, the YWCA World Service Council Planning Committee for the 101st Annual meeting has decided not to hold an in-person meeting this year. Instead,a virtual meeting will be held on the same date – Oct. 22 to kick off our next century of service.  Calling on all generations … Read More

YWCA World Service Council Annual-Report

YWCA World Service Council Annual Report

Monday, May 17, 2021

This Annual Report will be covering a 16-month period, July 2019 through October 2020.  We are trying to put into place an “annual report year” that fits our organization’s “natural rhythm” related to the giving cycles of our members and the decision-making cycles for grants to be made each year.   In the last report to … Read More


UN’s 65th Commission on the Status of Women’s Sessions will be virtual

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in 2021 will consider “Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls” as its priority theme. To take stock of current research … Read More

Aallyah Thomas

WSC Preserves the Legacy & Evolution of World YWCA Internship Program

Monday, December 14, 2020

Dec. 2020 SIGNIFICANCE OF YOUNG WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP Teaching, mentoring and nurturing young women has been pivotal to the YWCA movement in sustaining the future of the mission to empower women’s leadership toward a more just world. The World YWCA internship program not only teaches, mentors and nurtures young women but uplifts their voices and places … Read More

World Service Council of YWCA USA Centennial Celebration

WSC Saluted on its Centennial Anniversary

Friday, October 16, 2020

The World Service Council (WSC) packed 100 years of history in its inspiring virtual celebration on October 15 when YWCA members and friends around the globe signed onto its zoom centennial event. The historic story was told through a narrative that traced the beginnings of the World Service Council from its inception to the present … Read More

Help our sisterhood grow in this critical time

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

In acknowledgement of our centennial year and in response to a global crisis, the World Service Council is initiating an ambitious project to strengthen our outreach. Much like the YWCA acted during the World Wars with the creation of a War Council that led to the philanthropic World Service Council, we see the need to … Read More


YWCA World Service Council is celebrating its centennial year

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

In 1942, the World Service Council (WSC) acknowledged its 25th year by including in the minutes of its annual meeting how the WSC got its name. It was explained by a Mrs. Lapham that at the close of the first World War, inspired leader Mrs. Morris “felt that the interest of the War Work Council … Read More


Mildred Persinger – Remembering a YWCA Legend

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Mildred Persinger has been one of the unsung heroines of the YWCA, both here in the United States and for women around the world. As an educated southern woman from Roanoke, Virginia, she moved to the New York area with her husband in the 1950s and soon became active with the YWCA and the feminist … Read More


Musimbi Kanyaro headlines at WSC 99th annual meeting

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Former World YWCA General Secretary Musimbi Kanyaro was the keynote speaker at the 99th annual meeting of the World Service Council held in Washington, DC June 7 in conjunction with the YWCA USA Conference. Just ending her role as the CEO of the Global Fund for Women, she spoke about her plans to return to … Read More

CSW63 March 2019 Conversations

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Public events at the UN are carefully scripted. Formal statements are delivered by high-level ministers from around the world; internal debate behind closed doors follows. Eventually a document of Agreed Conclusions emerges, which then forms the basis of subsequent deliberations. This is disrupted once a year when thousands of women from around the world descend … Read More