11 Facts About YWCA


World Board is the governing body of the World YWCA, and includes representatives from all regions of the global YWCA movement.

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World YWCA was founded in 1894, with USA, Great Britain, Norway and Sweden as its founding mothers.

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In 1930 the World YWCA headquarters were moved to Geneva, Switzerland, the same city as the newly formed League of Nations.

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Shortly after the end of the war, the YWCA worked to fortify the bonds of women throughout the world by holding the first World Council meeting in nearly a decade in Hangzhou in 1947.

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In 1948, World YWCA's Observance Day was born, to help each member see how she could act locally in relation to the theme for the year.

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YWCA has a presence in over 100 countries, and includes national and regional entities in eight global regions.

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YWCA has a presence in a number of countries in Asia, including Bangladesh, China, India, Korea, Nepal, Taiwan, and Thailand.

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YWCA USA was founded in 1858 and today has over 200 member associations, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families.

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YWCA USA is one of the largest provider of domestic violence programs and shelters in the United States.

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Today, YWCA Canada has over 30 member associations, serving 1 million women, girls, and their families.

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World YWCA is involved and is a part of the Big Six Alliance of Youth Organisations .

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