Transforming lives since 1896
YWCA is an International movement working for the empowerment, leadership and rights of women, young women and girls in more than 100 countries.
YWCA of India is a pioneer Women’s Rights movement dedicated towards empowerment of women, young women and girls in the country. Through the 125 years of its inception, through our 87 local associations,we strive to eliminate gender based inequality in India through our intervention in programmes and projects that specifically address the needs of the marginalized communities, women, young women and girls regardless of age, caste, religion or financial backgrounds.
We are talking about equal job opportunities, equal rights, sexual and reproductive health rights and elimination of all forms of violence towards women and young children by combating many different forms of human rights exploitation, including forced labour, sex trafficking, forced marriage, child labour and female genital mutilation. We believe that it is unacceptable in the 21st century that millions of women and children are devoid of equal rights to live a dignified life and that no matter what form it takes, gender based violence can be defeated if we empower those who understand it best: survivors, grassroots organisations, and frontline leaders.
Since its inception in 1896, the YWCA of India has supported, conducted and funded over numerous projects and has had a direct impact on more than a million people!
The YWCA of India supports work at the community level, and also seeks to change broader systems, including weak government policy and enforcement, providing vocational skills training for women for economic empowerment, educational opportunities for children and eradicating harmful social norms. We seek to build civil society coalitions and foster social movements to help drive change from the bottom up. Through our campaigns and advocacy we are being accountable for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals-2030.