World YWCA Council

A huge YWCA Australia delegation has just returned from the 28th World YWCA Council, held in Bangkok, including four YWCA Adelaide representatives: Liz Forsyth, Lisa Warner, Fiona Meade and Jemma Taylor. At World YWCA Council the following happened:

Several resolutions were officially adopted including the Envisioning 2035 goal: 100 million young women and girls transform power structures to create justice, gender equality and a world without violence and war (YWCAs around the world currently engage with 25 million young women and girls);

Australia’s Emma Bird, outgoing YWCA Australia President, was elected as World Treasurer;

Y women participated in and hosted a variety of workshops with women from all over the world, including discussions on intergenerational leadership, indigenous women, financial sustainability, community housing, violence against women, and membership;

Y women attended an opening ceremony dinner hosted by YWCA Thailand that included the Princess of Thailand as the guest of honour;

60% young women were elected to the World YWCA board of directors.

YWCA Queensland’s inaugural leadership intern Bri Lee posted a daily video diary from World YWCA Council. You can see it here.