Every year on April 24, YWCAs around the world observe World YWCA Day. It is set aside a day to celebrate our common membership and achievements in creating positive change for women, young women and girls around the world.
YWCA of Nigeria marked World YWCA Day 2016 with a Brunch Roundtable Dialogue on Friday, 22nd April 2016 at 8, Moloney Street with the theme “Creating a More Inclusive World”. The event brought together YWCA members to celebrate ourselves as well as contribute ideas and best practices towards building a better YWCA of Nigeria. The forum actively engaged in taking steps towards achieving the movement’s new global goal and for more impactful engagement with communities/partners and strengthening the sustainability structure of the organisation.
The event featured a rich dialogue around:
- Clarifying our focus on areas of work that relates to our reality in our part of the world,
- Explore ways to strategically plan our programmes and activities for greater impact
- Innovative fundraising strategies can we put in place to fund key development areas and to ensure financial sustainability of the organisation
- Strategies can we adopt to make the organisation more attractive to young women and people who can add value to our programmes and activities
An immediate outcome of the roundtable dialogue was the formation of a 9 member ad-hoc Strategy Committee with the following Terms of Reference – Develop Strategies to:
- Attract young women and girls into YWCA membership
- Ensure an enabling/safe environment for engagement with young women and girls
- Develop content for programmes/activities that will sustain younger membership
It was also a day to celebrate women, young women and girls of YWCA, recognize the important work that we do in our communities, and affirm ourselves as part of World YWCA – a global faith-based organisation which advances the empowerment, leadership and rights of women, young women and girls in more than 120 countries around the world. It is also a volunteer-based movement that is rich in diversity, and with members and supporters from different faiths, ages, backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. Yet we are all working toward the same common goal that “by 2035, 100 million young women and girls will transform power structures to create justice, gender equality and a world without violence and war; leading a sustainable YWCA movement, inclusive of all women.”