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YWCA of Bangladesh

As a non-profit voluntary women’s organization, the YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) came into being in this part of the world in the year 1961 as a branch of Pakistan YWCA. Since then it has been working counting on collective action for empowerment and development of the lives of women, girls and children irrespective of caste, creed or religion. After emergence of Bangladesh in 1971, YWCA of Bangladesh was rejuvenated with an independent movement in an independent country and ensured its resourceful existence phenomenally in the world. The YWCA of Bangladesh got affiliated with World YWCA in the year of 1979. Nowadays, it has been a thriving and wide-spreading organization dedicated to social pragmatic change in true sense.

List of Local YWCAs

YWCA                                           Formed                  Affiliated to National YWCA
Dhaka                                              1961                                        1979
Barisal                                             1972                                        1979
Chittagong                                      1973                                        1979
Pabna                                              1979                                        1980
Comilla                                            1979                                        1981
Khulna                                             1981                                        1983
Birisiri                                             1982                                        1986
Chandpur                                        1985                                        1988
Gopalganj                                       1990                                        1995
Dinajpur                                          1990                                        1995
Jessore                                           1995                                        2000
Khagrachari                                    1997                                        2000
Savar                                               2004                                        2009

Through a development lens, YWCA of Bangladesh is always striving to be an active partner in establishing peace, justice and human dignity supplementing Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as a whole. With an attendance of 27 members in the years of 1961, it, at the present, has 2257 members and 748 staff. It is carrying out a range of pro-poor and community development oriented programs and activities catering to more than 85,000 women, young girls and children teaming up with 13 local branches in 12 districts of the country.

-Education -Membership & Youth Development -Organizational Revenue Generation  
Education the continuous process of gaining knowledge and acquiring collective competencies ensures the development of life skills along with the achievement of physical, mental and social development.
The membership of YWCA of Bangladesh with a mission to defend human rights and ensure social security is open to any women or girl who desires to be associated with the world wide fellowship of the YWCA.
YWCA of Bangladesh has been initiating innovative revenue generating projects to enhance job creation and business development with a view to improving the beneficiaries’ livelihood and bolstering organizational income generations.