Young Women for Awareness,
Agency, Advocacy & Accountability

“Through YW4A, young women have the opportunity to take part in several activities that help young women develop a better understanding of the obstacles and problems that they face in society…I hope that we, as young women, reach a point where we are able to lead change, contribute to raising awareness of women’s issues, and train other young women who need to know and demand their rights and protect themselves,”

Wallah, 23, Ramallah, Palestine.

The YW4A Initiative’s strategic objective is to defend and expand the fulfilment of young women’s rights to dignity, bodily integrity and equal participation in decision-making, through the implementation of gender-just policies and laws in Egypt, Kenya, Palestine and South Sudan.

YW4A supports the agency and capacity building of 17,540 young women and 27 women’s rights and faith-based organisations in Egypt, Kenya, Palestine and South Sudan. The objective to enhance their individual and collective transformative actions to advocate and hold decision-makers accountable for women’s rights. This is to be achieved through four interconnected and intrinsically linked pathways.

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YW4A ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Samia Aboul el Fotouh, a lawyer and human rights activist from Alexandria, Egypt, shares her incredible journey and the challenges she faces defending women’s rights.

🗨️ “Attending the training programme greatly opened my horizons. Thanks to the programme, I built a wide network of relationships with people from other countries. I shared and exchanged experiences and practices regarding the process of raising awareness about the laws and the rights of women.”

Find out how the #YW4A programme supported her journey and learn more about her impactful work on women's rights and #familylaw in #Egypt. 🌟

🔗 Discover her story: https://yw4a.org/yw4a-stories-of-leadership-samia-aboul-el-fotouhs-gender-justice-story/

During the #HRC56 in Geneva, young women #leaders from Palestine and Egypt had the opportunity to directly present their advocacy priorities to influential decision-makers, including Lieke Brand from the Dutch Permanent Representation and Reem Alsalem Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls.

They highlighted critical issues such as the impact of conflict on women’s rights, limited access to healthcare and education, poor menstrual hygiene, sexual harassment, and FGM. Their advocacy emphasised:

💪 The need for stronger enforcement of ILO Convention 190,
🤝 Survivor-centred services, medical curriculum revisions,
💬 Targeted initiatives for Gaza and the West Bank,
💻 Stricter cyber sexual violence laws,
📜 Leadership support, sustained funding
🕊 Conflict resolution.

The conversations and leadership showcased the power of youth leadership in driving meaningful dialogue and change! ✨ #YW4A #EndSGBV.

🌟 We're Hiring! 🌟

The World YWCA is seeking consultancy services to develop a short documentary on the #YW4A initiative.

📆Deadline: 09 August 2024
🔗https://www.worldywca.org/team/consultancy-services-to-develop-a-short-documentary-on-the-young-women-for-awareness-agency-advocacy-and-accountability-yw4a-initiative/

📢 Last week at #HRC56 in Geneva, young women #leaders from Palestine and Egypt had the opportunity to directly present their advocacy priorities to influential decision-makers, including Lieke Brand from the Dutch Permanent Representation and Reem Alsalem Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls.

They highlighted critical issues such as the impact of conflict on women’s rights, limited access to healthcare and education, poor menstrual hygiene, sexual harassment, and FGM. Their advocacy emphasised:

💪 The need for stronger enforcement of ILO Convention 190,
🤝 Survivor-centred services, medical curriculum revisions,
💬 Targeted initiatives for Gaza and the West Bank,
💻 Stricter cyber sexual violence laws,
📜 Leadership support, sustained funding
🕊 Conflict resolution.

The conversations and leadership showcased the power of youth leadership in driving meaningful dialogue and change! ✨ #YW4A #EndSGBV

Faith to Action Network Equality Now KIT Royal Tropical Institute Young Women's Christian Association – YWCA Kenya YWCA Palestine Ibrahimia Media Center – مركز الإبراهيمية للإعلام

🌟Young women like Christine Fakry are empowering themselves & others in Cairo’s Coptic Orthodox Church. With spaces created for them to thrive, she trained 30 youths in #genderequality & #SGBV support under #YW4A, leading to impactful initiatives.

📖 https://cutt.ly/xepVHIGc

Today, during the #hrc56 session in Geneva, we had the honour of welcoming inspiring young women from Palestine and Egypt with colleagues from Equality Now.

This visit is part of the #YW4A programme, which is committed to protecting women's rights and eliminating #SGBV.

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THE CONSORTIUM

The programme, led by the World YWCA, is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, by a consortium of eight core partners and 22 local women’s rights and faith-based organisations.

Read intergenerational opinions and stories of young
women and women driving social change for gender
equality, leadership and eliminating SGBV