Celebrate World YWCA Day 2016 with us

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group of young women at World YWCA Council 2016 in Bangkok

By Nora Parvati

This Sunday is World YWCA Day!

It’s a time for us to come together as global movement and acknowledge the incredible work of YWCAs across 120 countries. The celebrations kick off this Friday 22 April at 3pm UK time with a Twitter chat with YWCAs across the world. Tweet @WorldYWCA and use the hashtag #WYD16 to join in the conversation. This year’s theme is Creating a More Inclusive World and we LOVE the sound of that.

Group of women laying on the floor, writing.This year I was brought on as global development intern to focus on spreading The Young Women’s Movement ideals worldwide. It’s a very exciting opportunity, not only to work in an inspiring intergenerational, feminist workplace (seriously, I am STILL pinching myself) but also to help build a movement of women and girls worldwide working to further gender equality and human rights.

One of the most exciting parts of my internship so far has been discovering the rich history of the World YWCA. This Sunday it’s World YWCA Day and I felt it was my duty as global development intern to throw a celebratory bash!

The Young Women’s Movement is amplifying the voices of Scottish young women. We’ve been working hard to build a movement to tackle gender inequality within local communities and online too. But we are not just a Scottish movement. The World YWCA is the biggest women’s movement in the world. It’s made up of millions of activists from Palestine to Japan to Honduras working towards a collective 20-year goal called #Envision2035:

“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 women.”

A group of young woman posing outside of a buildingIf you’ve been keeping up-to-date with our adventures you’ll know we’re soon to begin more research into the Status of Young Women in Scotland. After the success of last year’s report we are eager to delve deeper into the realities of life as young women living in Scotland. This time around we want to feature even more young women’s voices, to make sure we include diverse opinions and life experiences and to cover topics not widely spoken about in research, in education and the media.

The intersection of issues of gender, race, sexuality, religion, ethnicity and poverty can have a profound impact on young women and deserve to be heard. This is what this year’s #WYD16 theme is all about and we can’t wait to see what more we can do at home and as a collective global movement to truly create more inclusive safe spaces and a more inclusive world.

I’m so excited to hear your thoughts about what we can do as an organisation and as feminists to ensure we are inclusive of all self-identifying women.

We look forward to celebrating with all of you and our inspirational YWCA sisters all over the world!

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