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 of visionaries to attend, the event promises to be one of re-imagining by building on the past to create a better future for women and girls.
Keynoting the event will be Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who just stepped down as Executive Director of UN Women where she has served since 2013. Considered one of our own, Phumzile was Youth Director at the World YWCA from 1983 to 1989 during which time she focused on job creation for young women and promoted development education in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Attendees will also hear from World YWCA General Secretary Casey Harden, former World General Secretary Musimbi Kanyoro, World YWCA President Mira Rizeq and Muna Killingback, one of the first two World YWCA interns. YWCA USA leadership will also update us on the impressive work being done on social and economic justice issues, and a panel of global young women leaders will help inform our way forward.
The event promises to be a true celebration of the work we’ve done while we ardently explore new ideas and actions for the century ahead. Information on how to register for a link to the 101st meeting will be coming shortly.