About Bangladesh YWCA
Our working motif :
The World Young Women’s Christian Association (World YWCA) is a global network of women leading social and economic change in over 120 countries worldwide. The World YWCA advocates for peace, justice, human rights and care for the environment and has been at the forefront of raising the status of women for more than a century. The World YWCA develops women’s leadership to find local solutions to the global inequalities women face. Each year, it reaches more than 25 million women and girls. Through advocacy, training and development the World YWCA empowers women, including young women, to lead social change.
This grassroots development experience shapes the organization’s global advocacy agenda. The World YWCA work is inspired by Christian principles and a commitment to women’s full and equal participation in society. It is a volunteer membership movement inclusive of women from many faiths, backgrounds, and cultures. The World YWCA affirms that women’s human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated. The World YWCA works in collaboration with many partner organizations’ and networks to advance its advocacy and program work, including women’s networks, ecumenical, youth and international organizations’, and UN agencies operating with women and young women.
Introducing the YWCA of Bangladesh:
Vision: A peaceful, harmonious and inclusive society where all people live with dignity.
Mission: To foster peace and justice in society, facilitate quality education, health, sustainable livelihood and environment by the transformative and creative leadership of women and Young.
The strength and solidarity of the YWCA of Bangladesh is inspired by the faithfulness of its leaders, past and present, whose service to humanity advances the purpose of the YWCA of Bangladesh in general and World YWCA as a whole.
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. 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. The YWCA of Bangladesh got affiliated with World YWCA in the year of 1979 under leadership of Ms. Asrukana Das and ensured its resourceful existence phenomenally.
Nowadays, it is a thriving and wide-spreading organization dedicated to social pragmatic change in true sense.
Through a development lens, YWCA of Bangladesh is always striving to be an active partner in establishing peace, justice and human dignity supplementing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a whole. With an attendance of 27 members in the years of 1961, it, at the present, has 2,502 members and 713 staff. It is carrying out a range of pro-poor and community development oriented programs and activities catering 90,000 women, young girls and children teaming up with 13 local branches in 12 districts of the country, which cover 29 sub-districts, 77 unions, and 261 villages.
Helen Monisha Sarker
National General Secretary
YWCA of Bangladesh