YWCA of Malawi in observing our common membership and achievements in the movement that advances human rights and leadership of women, young women and girls hosted an activity where young girls, adolescent mothers and other women came to the safe space to commemorate the wold YWCA day on the theme of ” find your voice, share your story“. Knowing that every individual, women inclusive have rights to be heard but due to culture, tradition and other systems in Malawi a lot of women do not have the power to voice out. It was made clear that every person has the right to voice out freely.
After the session where some girls shared out their stories in exercising their right and encouraging others, every participant was given a paper to write how important their voice is.
In 1947: The World YWCA Council in Hangchow, China decided to establish an Annual YWCA Membership Celebration. They encouraged YWCAs worldwide to observe this day with a specific theme and programme.
In 1948: The movement decided this special day would be called “World YWCAObservance Day” and would be commemorated the last week of April.
In 1972: The World YWCA Executive Committee refocused the event to stress the important of being part of a global movement, and adopted the name “World YWCADay.”
In 1989: April 24 became the official date for World YWCA Day.
In 2003: The first annual YWCA “Round-the-World-Breakfast” was held in the lead up to the World YWCA Council in Brisbane, Australia. It was designed to connect YWCAs to the collective power of a movement that is changing the lives of women and girls worldwide.
In 2015: In World Council, we invited YWCAs to hold a “Round-the-World-Breakfast” with the theme Envisioning 2035. Over the last quadrennium, the World YWCA has developed a 2035 envisioning process to map out a 20-year programme of action. At World Council 2015, we adopted the Envisioning 2035 proposal.
In 2016: World YWCA launched its new Young Women’s blog.
This year, the world YWCA will also be commemorated on the 24th of April on the theme “Find Your Voice, Share your Story” The YWCA of Malawi will join other YWCA associations in commemorating this day. You are all welcome. Invitation-cards-World-YWCA-Day-2018
Adolescence is a pivotal time in the life course when there is considerable opportunity for change. At the same time it is also a period when adolescent girls are especially vulnerable to a range of life-changing experiences including trauma, social isolation, bullying by peers, a lack of supportive adults, and other forms of violence. In Malawi, a child is legally defined as any person under the age of 18 and more than 1 in 5 adolescent girls have begun bearing children by the age 17.
YWCA of Malawi together with 15 other YWCA member associations of Africa is currently working under the State of African Woman (SOAW) campaign. The SOAW campaign aims to contribute to securing, realizing and extending women’s rights as enshrined in African Union policies in sub – Saharan Africa.
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