YWCA of Nigeria actively participated at the just concluded 28th session of World YWCA Council with the theme: Bold and Transformative Leadership: Towards 2035, from 10th – 16th October 2015, at Centara Grand Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.

The World Council is the largest gathering of YWCA members from member associations across cultures and countries around the world, to make critical decisions concerning the movement, and for member associations to engage and network. This year, over 500 delegates from more than 60 countries came together for this significant event.

YWCA of Nigeria’s thirteen-person delegation had Lady Chikwue Ochiagha, National President YWCA of Nigeria as its head of delegation, some young women, members of the National Board and veteran members. The delegation played a vital role in the outcomes of some crucial decisions and took part in the movement’s adoption of its Bold Goal to:  “By 2035, 100 million young women and girls transform powers structures to create justice, gender equality and a world without violence and war; leading a sustainable YWCA movement, inclusive of all women.” This collective goal is a single shared statement of the movement’s commitment for the future, in which every YWCA will contribute to achieving within its own space, context and resources. To demonstrate the movement’s commitment to the Bold shared goal, 60% of the newly elected World Board members are young women (aged 30 and under).

In addition, the Strategic Framework for 2016 – 2019 which revolves around three key priorities of – strengthening young women and girls’ transformative leadership, realizing human rights and sustaining the YWCA movement, was also adopted.

Various workshops were held to build capacity and share best practices. Through these workshops led by member associations, practical trainings and education was provided on various YWCA thematic issues. Delegates attended workshops that explored peculiar areas of interest like effective management of YWCA, faith, culture and SRHR, governance, inter-generational leadership, preventing VAW, young women’s leadership and harmful traditional practices among others.

YWCA of Nigeria also participated in the market place set aside for YWCAs to display and sell their products. The display also served as an exhibition in honour of Princess Soamsavali, of the Royal House of Thailand who graced the opening dinner organized by the YWCA of Thailand.

At the close of the event, YWCA of Nigeria delegation joined the fun-filled celebration in their uniquely colourful attires to perform a song/dance in indigenous languages to the excitement of sisters from other YWCAs.