YWCA of India
National Convention 2022

Leaving no one behind


What is the National Convention about?

YWCA of India, formed in 1896 is part of a global movement that has been working for the welfare of women, children and young women and have been in the forefront creating gender equitable spaces and women empowerment by advocating for rights based policies, creating employability and financial stability through vocational training, and having community interventions by implementing grassroot level projects. YWCA of India, will be organizing its 31st National Convention which is held once in every four years. It is at this Convention the 87 local associations work on the strategic framework and actionables for the upcoming four years. The Main Theme chosen for the 31st National Convention is “WeMpower- Leaving no one behind”. The YWCA is about making a difference in the lives of the marginalized and as leaders we are required to unleash our latent potential gathering force for real change towards a just society.


The Theme: “WeMpower – Leaving no one behind” has its foundation in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 which states:

So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you'll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you're already doing this; just keep on doing it

Standing behind the military mantra and the SDGs promise, the YWCA of India through its theme- “WeMpower- Leaving no one behind” would be aiming to go further beyond the anti discrimination agenda, recognising that explicit and proactive attempts would be needed to ensure people left behind in the past be included in the mainstream of society. This calls for a focussed partnership between women and men, young people and communities coming together as one unit trying to make a difference in their own lives and in the society. “Leave no one behind” also is a central transformative promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It represents the unequivocal commitment of all UN Member States to eradicate poverty in all its forms, end discrimination and exclusion, and reduce the inequalities and vulnerabilities that leave people behind and undermine the potential of individuals and of humanity as a whole. The capitalization of W and M signifies the focus on working along with men to have concrete changes happening within the families and institutions of our country.


Strengthening communities

Mobilising community capacity to identify and solve problems is a fundamental ingredient of changing oppressive social structures and patterns of meanings. Individuals when engaged collectively can be the engines of community transformation and social change. The coming quadrennium will spotlight on engaging men and women to recognize their interdependence and network together for community-building through participatory approaches.

Building Young People

Right from birth, children inculcate human values and learn new skills at an amazing rate. This builds their personality and their confidence. To thrive, these young adults need to trust in their own capabilities while, at the same time, knowing that they can handle it if they aren’t successful at something. The second sub-theme focal point will be on reinforcement of the basic human values and confidence in the young generation while empowering them to deal with failures by finding solutions within themselves.

Nurturing Nature

Ecosystem services include the provision of clean water, healthy soils, clean air, and food/fibre/medicines which are all essential requirements for human health, wellbeing, and livelihoods. From ancient times, Nature has nurtured us. It’s therefore our turn to nurture and protect nature to secure our future. The need of the hour is to concentrate in raising awareness on the value of biodiversity and developing an institutional framework for the application of laws for taking corrective actions at the local level.

National Convention Dates: 18th - 20th November 2022

Introduction to the Guests/Speakers

Inaugural WorshipLeaving No one BehindMost Rev. Anil Joseph Thomas Couto,
Arch Bishop of Delhi
Keynote SpeechLeaving No one BehindDr. Shashi Tharoor
Keynote SpeechLeaving No one BehindMs. Farah Naqvi
Strengthening CommunitiesIntegrating Families as hubs for Equality of the Sexes
Sustainable solutions to uplift vulnerable communities
Mr. Shekhar Mahajan, Sahyog
Mr. Aashish Beergi, Co Founder & CEO
MASH Project
Building YouthInvolving Youth in Leadership to attain SDG GoalsMs. Urvashi Prasad, DMEO, NITI Aayog
Transformational Leadership - Women and Men together leading ChangeMr. Shailesh Vaite - Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA)
Nurturing NatureDriving Innovation for Sustainable Alternatives for Climate ChangeMr. Manoj Kohli, Softbank India
Green Alternatives – The FIVE R's: Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Rot, Recycle” Dr. Manu Gupta, Vice President, SEEDS
Blessings New BoardFr Saji Yohannan,
Diocesian Secretary, Indian Orthodox Church

Inaugural Worship Guest


Archbishop Anil Joseph Thomas Couto is the serving Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Delhi. He was born in Porvorim Village of Bardez, the Archdiocese of Goa and completed his schooling and seminary studies there. In 1991 he became the Rector of ‘Pratiksha’, Major Seminary, Delhi. Between 1991 - 1994 he Completed M.Th. in Ecumenism at Vidyajyoti. Thereafter between 1994-1998 he went for his Doctorate in Ecumenical Theology at St. Thomas Aquinas Pontifical University (Angelicum), Rome. On his return in 1998 he was appointed Rector of 'Vinay Gurukul' Minor Seminary, Gurgaon. He was appointed Episcopal Vicar in 1999 and appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Delhi & Titular Bishop of Cenculiana on January 17, 2001. His Episcopal Ordination was held on 11th March, 2001. He was appointed Bishop of Jalandhar on 24th February 2007 and installed as Bishop of Jalandhar on April 16, 2007. Appointed Archbishop of Delhi on 30th November 2012. Installed as Archbishop of Delhi on 20th January 2013.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker 1


An author, politician, and former international civil servant, Shashi Tharoor straddles several worlds of experience. Currently a third-term Lok Sabha MP representing the Thiruvananthapuram constituency, he has previously served as Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India. During his prior career at the United Nations, he served as a peacekeeper, refugee worker, and administrator at the highest levels, serving as Under-Secretary General during Kofi Annan's leadership of the organisation.

Keynote Speaker 2


Farah Naqvi is an Indian writer, consultant and activist. A post-graduate from Columbia University, she works on gender and minority rights from both a justice and development perspective. She was a member of the National Advisory Council. She is a founding member of Nirantar, an NGO working in the field of gender and education; credited with founding the newspaper Khabar Lahariya. She has been a board member at Oxfam India. Farah has also worked in the field of Broadcast Journalism. She co-directed the film The Colour of My Home (2018).


Strengthening Communities

Panelist - 1


Driven by his dream of bringing a constructive and meaningful change in society, Shekhar Mahajan, conceived the idea of "Sahyog Care for You" in the year 2002. An MSW post graduate, a lawyer by profession, a philanthropist by passion and a social reformer by choice; Shekhar has high aspirations, strong demeanor and yet a soft streak in him. He has strategized and implemented various programmes across India, reached nine states and together with Sahyog team. Sahyog Care made available, urban underutilized material, to far flung rural communities to address their basic needs of education, personal hygiene, sanitation, water conservation and means to livelihood.

Panelist - 2


He is the founder and CEO of MASH Project Foundation (MASH), an award-winning social enterprise building a global community of young social changemakers and leaders. He is a Scholar from the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Aashish has been a British Council - Global Changemaker, and an Official Indian Delegate to the BRICS Youth Summit, UNESCO Youth Forum, and International Youth Forum. He is a ‘Changemaker' by Ashoka Foundation and participated in Asia Changemakers Exchange Summit held in Singapore in May 2017. He was invited to the UNLEASH Conference held in Singapore in 2018 on the UN SDGs and invited to the UN Youth Climate Summit on the sideline of the UN General Assembly in New York, USA in 2019.

Building Youth

Panelist - 1


Urvashi Prasad is a Director in the Development Monitoring & Evaluation Office, NITI Aayog. She has extensive experience in health, nutrition, sanitation, gender and public policy. For five years, Urvashi worked as a Public Policy Specialist in the Office of the Vice Chairman at NITI Aayog. She has been a part of the core team supporting the work of Government of India's Empowered Group 1 for managing the Covid-19 pandemic in India. Urvashi co-authored India’s first Voluntary National Review presented at the United Nation’s High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2017. She has over 100 publications to her credit. Urvashi is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network.

Panelist - 2


Shailesh Vaite is Founder Director of ‘Spectract – A Centre for Social Research and Creative Dialogue’, a Delhi-based social development advisory organisation. In a career spanning 22 years, Shailesh has worked with various social development organisations including Oxfam, PATH Canada, Population Services International, Global Alliance for Tobacco Control and Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, in India and South East Asia. A better part of his career has been devoted to global health policy advocacy and he has been invited as a civil society observer to numerous WHO inter-governmental policy negotiations. He is also a founding member of Headstreams – a non-profit devoted to open learning and sustainable livelihoods.

Nurturing Nature

Panelist - 1


Manoj Kohli is the Country Head – SoftBank India, SoftBank Group International and is supporting over 20 portfolio companies of SoftBank Group and SoftBank Vision Fund such as OLA, OYO, Paytm, Lenskart, Grofers, Snapdeal, WeWork, Delhivery, InMobi, Firstcry, Uber etc in India. He is responsible for addressing the government, regulatory and public policy issues which help these companies to achieve their full business potential. Earlier since 2015, Manoj Kohli was the Executive Chairman of the SB Energy – SoftBank Group which is already developing over 5GW of solar, wind and hybrid projects in the pipeline.

Panelist - 2


Manu Gupta is building disaster resilient communities across Asia Pacific. He has been at the forefront of championing and advocating for citizen-led initiatives globally for over two decades. He is Co-Founder of SEEDS, an award winning non-profit organisation that enables community resilience through practical solutions in the areas of disaster readiness, response, and rehabilitation. Manu is a Ashoka Fellow, and holds a degree in Urban Planning and a doctorate in community-based disaster management from Kyoto University, Japan.

A Prayer circle was formed for women under the leadership of Mrs. Mary Jane Kinnaird and Ms. Emma Robarts in London


First YWCA started its operation in India. It was then known as the YWCA of India, Burma and Ceylon

YWCA of India, National Office was formed on Feb 2nd


National YWCA became affiliated to the World YWCA movement

YWCA of India completed 125 years of service


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