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World Young Women’s Christian Association

Geneva, Switzerland
Joined April 2016
Presence in: Switzerland
Focus: Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Health, Livelihoods, Other, Peace-building & Transitional Justice

The World Young Women’s Christian Association (World YWCA) is faith-based organisation which advances the empowerment, leadership and rights of women, young women and girls in more than 120 countries around the world. We are a volunteer-based movement, which has been at the forefront of progressing women’s rights for more than 160 years.

We are rich in diversity, and our members and supporters include women from many different faiths, ages, backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. Yet we are all working toward the same common goal that “by 2035, 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.”

Our priorities include:

Strengthening young women and girls’ trans formative leadership;
Realising human rights; and
Sustaining the YWCA movement.

Our work is guided by a human rights framework, as well as the Millennium Development Goals and international treaties and platforms for advancing women’s rights. We also collaborate with many partner organizations globally.

People Associated With This Organization

Lilian Kapinga

World Young Women’s Christian...
Joined May 2016
Interests: Education, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Livelihoods, Right to Information
My name is Lilian Kapinga, I hold a Master of Art in Development Studies. I am currently working as Programs Implementation Manager at the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Tanzania; a Faith Based Organization (FBO). Additionally I am a World YWCA ambassador to ending child marriage in Tanzania, and a member of Tanzania Ending Child Marriage Network TECMN.
My passion in life is to serve others and contribute efforts to develop my country. I envision a future in education, children and youth empowerment, partnership and networking and changing reforms for those less privileged.
I have more than seven years’ experience working with CSOs and international organizations in areas of resource governance, gender based violence, economic empowerment, sexual reproductive health, climate change and environmental justice.

Vanessa Anyoti

World Young Women’s Christian...
Joined April 2016
Interests: Gender-based violence, Health, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Livelihoods, Right to Information
Ms. Vanessa Anyoti, is a programs intern at the World YWCA. Vanessa has an educational background in Epidemiology and Bio-statistics. Vanessa previously coordinated the Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) & Gender Based Violence (GBV) Program Coordinator at the YWCA of Tanzania. Vanessa is highly passionate about health and gender equality, and advocates for the needs and concerns of young women and girls. Vanessa blogs about matters she believes young women and girls should be aware of and should be actively participating in.
Vanessa Anyoti is the network champion (main point of contact) for World Young Women’s Christian Association.

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