About Bangladesh YWCA
Inspired by Christian principles and a commitment to women’s full and equal participation in society the YWCA of Bangladesh (Young Women’s Christian Association) started its journey in Dhaka in the year 1961. Founded by women from Christian faith and traditions, it has been working counting on collective action for empowerment and development of the lives of women, young women, girls and children irrespective of caste, creed or religion. YWCA affirms that women’s human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated. The YWCA of Bangladesh is an affiliated association of the World YWCA since 1979, one of the largest global networks of women leading social and economic change in over 120 countries worldwide.
With an attendance of 27 members in the years of 1961, it, at the present, YWCA Bangladesh has around 2,500 members and more than 700 staff. It is carrying out a range of pro-poor and community development oriented programs and activities catering around 90,000 women, young girls and children teaming up with 13 local branches in 12 districts of the country, which cover 27 sub-districts, 123 unions, and 313 villages.
YWCA today, is a thriving and wide-spreading organization dedicated to social pragmatic change in establishing peace, justice, and human dignity supplementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a whole. The YWCA schools are the brand components known to all for their quality of education. YWCA is strongly active in addressing Gender Equality; and Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) issues. Fostering Economic Justice by creating income opportunities and easy access to the market; promoting Environmental Justice to educate and aware communities towards sustainable life and living; promoting Democracy & Good Governance for attaining rights of the women and creating an environment of non-discrimination and accountability have been its priority development agendas. To confirm a vibrant community, especially for young women, YWCA Bangladesh relentlessly undertakes bold, sustainable and effective steps through leadership building for young women and creating a safe space.
Our Motto: By Love Serve One Another
Our Vision: A peaceful, harmonious and inclusive society where all people live with dignity.
Our 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.
- Placing women, young women and children at the center of work
- Gender equality at all walks of the organization
- Democracy, diversity, solidarity, respect, empathy and equal opportunities for social harmony and justice
- Volunteerism, participation, partnership and shared leadership in social action
- Love and care for human and natural environment at all sphere of life
- Transparency and accountability, Integrity and Professionalism at work
- Believing in God Almighty