The YWCA is at the forefront ofempowering women and girls whoadvocate for their rights and leadsocial, political, economic and civicchange. Today the YWCA reachesmore than 25 million women and girlsin 122 countries, providing them withthe space and skills to developleadership for the benefit of entirecommunities. The World YWCA’spurpose is to develop the leadership ofwomen and girls around the world toachieve human rights, health, security,dignity, freedom, justice and peace forall people.Supported by
The United Nations Population Fund,UNFPA, is an internationaldevelopment agency that promotes theright of every woman, man and childto enjoy a life of health and equalopportunity. UNFPA supportscountries in using population data forpolicies and programmes to reducepoverty and to ensure that everypregnancy is wanted, every birth issafe, every young person is free ofHIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman istreated with dignity and respect.(UNFPA logo)
E m p o w e r i n g Y o u n g W o m e n M a n u a l
EMPOWERING YOUNG WOMEN TO LEAD CHANGE
a training manual
©World YWCA 2006. Published in 2006 by the World YWCAWe encourage you to photocopy or quote from this publication as long as credit is given to the source.This manual is available online at: www.worldywca.org
“Empowering Young Women to Lead Change” is the result of hard work andcreativity from many people. The World YWCA extends its gratitude to:The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for its generous support inproducing this manual.Natallia Aleksandrovich from Belarus, Tarusila Bradburgh from Papua NewGuinea, Kylie Head from Canada, Grace Kyriakos from Lebanon, Cecilia MukosaChomba from Zambia, Katya Pineda from El Salvador, Lourdes Saad Olivera fromArgentina, Judith Vink from Belgium, and Henriette Yimguin from Cameroon,members of the young women’s resource group who have provided invaluableguidance.Testing workshop participants and facilitators from the YWCAs of Belarus,El Salvador, Jamaica, Lebanon, the Philippines, and Zambia whose feedbackensured that this document is useful and practical. Roselle Dalzine from Trinidadand Tobago and Leila Passah from India who helped turn brilliant ideas into atangible result.