World Young Women's Christian Association

aka World YWCA   |   Geneva Switzerland, --   |  www.worldywca.org

Mission

Mission: The purpose of the World YWCA is to develop the leadership and collective power of women and girls around the world to achieve justice, peace, health, human dignity, freedom and a sustainable environment for all people. Goal 2035: By 2035, that 100 million young women and girls will transform power structures to create justice, gender equality and a world without violence and war; leading a sustainable YWCA movement, inclusive of all women.

Ruling year info

2017

General Secretary

Ms. Casey Harden

Main address

16 Ancienne Route

Geneva Switzerland, -- 01218 Switzerland

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EIN

98-6000983

NTEE code info

YMCA, YWCA, YWHA, YMHA (P27)

Leadership Development (W70)

Women's Rights (R24)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Power structures prevent young women and girls from knowing and claiming their human rights and achieving their full potential.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Leadership and Advocacy

The World YWCA is a global women’s right movement. In over 100 countries and every region in the world, we work with women, young women, and girls across faith, culture, and region. World YWCA is the largest organization of its kind, engaging millions of people each year. We believe that when women rise to leadership they transform power structures and policies around human rights, gender equality, peace, and justice. When women lead, they are empowered to address global agendas of sustainable development. World YWCA supports young women as they connect, inspire, mobilise and act for transformational change, for a sustainable world.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Families

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The World YWCA is a movement that connects and mobilises girls, young women and women globally to change their lives, and the world, for the better. Goal 2035 is the collective goal of the movement and is a commitment to the future, and states the impact the YWCA will work to realise by 2035.
Goal 2035: By 2035, 100 million young women and girls transform power structures to create justice, gender equality and a world without violence and war, leading a sustainable YWCA movement, inclusive of all.

STRATEGIC PRIORITY 1: Management and governance excellence toward goal 2035
Key Initiative 1 (KI 1): World YWCA and Member Associations tend to issues of accountability and compliance with the YWCA Standards of Good Management and Accountability.
Key Initiative 2 (KI 2): World YWCA will actively address issues of trademark and intellectual property.
Key Initiative 3 (KI 3): World YWCA, in collaboration with Member Associations, young women leaders and the Young Women Global Advisory Council, will collect and analyze data related to the engagement of young women leaders in the movement.
Key Initiative 4 (KI 4): World YWCA and Member Associations will address key issues of membership and structure, modernisation of the Constitution, and operations/business.
STRATEGIC PRIORITY 2: Strategic partnerships and communication toward 2035
Key Initiative 5 (KI 5): World YWCA to consider, confirm and position YWCA's identity and niche role within the women's movement.
Key Initiative 6 (KI 6): World YWCA to consider, reaffirm or adapt the definition of "movement “and how to best contribute to the women's movement.
Key Initiative 7 (KI 7): YWCA entities (World Board, World Office, Member Associations, other formal associations, and YWCA formal and informal leaders) work as strategic partners.
Key Initiative 8 (KI 8): World YWCA and Member Associations actively and intentionally pursue external strategic partners that share a common desire to transform power structures for gender equality.
STRATEGIC PRIORITY 3: Engagement and mobilisation of girls, young women and women toward 2035
Key Initiative 9 (KI 9): World YWCA offers RiseUp! and Safe Spaces Model program for leadership and advocacy.
Key Initiative 10 (KI 10): World YWCA finalises, publishes and refines the YWCA feminist consultation methodology.
Key Initiative 11 (KI 11): World YWCA develops an intergenerational leadership guide/tool.
Key Initiative 12 (KI 12): World YWCA leads the development and maintenance of a formal network and sub- cohort(s) of YWCA leaders.

• Engagement that drives change by connecting, mobilising and consulting with on-the-ground leaders within and external to the YWCA.
• Human rights-based, feminist, and faith and social justice driven leadership rooted in communities all over the world, informed by local, community, national and regional realities.
• Purpose driven, authentic investment in young women's leadership.
• Strategic collaboration between YWCAs around the world and individual and organisational allies to effectively impact the global human rights agenda.
• Inspiring, action-oriented, evidence-based advocacy to transform power structures.

The “Rise Up!” model is a unique combination of formal trainings, tools and participatory approaches that puts gender equality front and center and enable young women to build confidence, gain knowledge, connect with one another and mobilise their peers and stakeholders to address issues that affect their rights and future, working for justice and sustainability in their communities and beyond. We delivered a three year final report for Rise Up! Our academic partner, Monash University, published a report of the study conducted of Rise Up! A new role of Young Women Regional Coordinator was established. This work will continue into 2020 and serve as a resource to inform work globally and in other regions. A review, update and re-design of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) framework associated with the Rise Up! Programme were conducted.
During 2019, with the leadership of young women representatives from different regions, World YWCA developed a consultative, feminist, human rights approach-based methodology to be used to consult with young women and other groups. This methodology creation is core to the work being done at World YWCA and will be published in 2020. The replicable, easy to use, methodology will be available to organisations, community based organizations (CBOs), and women rights groups in late 2020.
Under the “Young Women Changing Narratives on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Mental Health” programme, in 2019, the first cohort of young women regional coordinators and country leads was established. Co-led by young women, the goal was to implement new pathways for collective evidence-based advocacy and strategic communication on SRHR and mental health issues, and how to transform dominant narratives and to advocate for their rights and learn effective strategies for project implementation.
Since its founding in 1855, the YWCA has provided Safe Spaces to women and girls in the heart of local communities. Due to COVID-19 pandemic the World YWCA created a guideline on Virtual Safe Spaces. The YWCA glossary was shared, to establish a common understanding among and for use by the movement. Creation of a new website was initiated, young women and women leaders from the movement participated in a consultative processes for the new website. The new website will be launched in 2020 and will include a design that creates a dynamic profile for each member association to reflect real time, updated information provided by member associations, and available to the public-at-large.
Progressing towards strengthening our good governance, management and accountability policies and practices, the Board adopted revised and new policies, reflecting best practices around Sexual Harassment Exploitation and Abuse at Work Prevention and Response; Whistleblowing; Transgender Inclusion; a Grants Management Handbook – Policies and Procedures; and adoption of Responsible Data- Privacy and GDPR.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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World Young Women's Christian Association

Board of directors
as of 9/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Mira Rizeq

Middle East Region

Term: 2019 - 2023

Emma McCarthy

Pacific Region

Eman Abbasi

Middle East Region

Isabella Diaz

Latin America Region

Mimi Han

Asia Region

Lucy Masiye

Africa Region

Jamie Medicine Crane

North America Region

Caroline Rostrup

Europe Region

Dede Attiogbe

African Region

Gabriela Cerda Oyarce

Latin America Region

Bakhita Francis

Asia Region

Rickol Julien

Caribbean Region

Mtisunge Kachingwe

Africa Region

Margaret Jip Kuo

Asia Region

Erica Lewis

Europe Region

Charlotte Muggeridge

Pacific Region

Yvonne Schuepbach

Europe Region

Adrianna Sosa

Caribbean Region

Andrea Thaxton

North America Region

Brittany Tibo

North America Region

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/08/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data