Envisioning 2035 is an exciting process that has been launched in the lead-up to World Council in Thailand in 2015. It is designed to engage members, partners and friends in imagining the collective power and impact of 25 million women and girls united under the YWCA banner in over 120 countries towards realising this vision.
At World Council 2011, The World YWCA established the Mary Robinson Award for Young Women's Leadership in Human Rights to recognise young women leaders and human rights activists. In 2015, the recipients of the award will be honoured and celebrated during the World YWCA Council in Bangkok.
A Young Women’s Forum will take place between the 9-10 October 2015, prior to the opening of the World YWCA World Council and organised around the theme Her Future – Through Bold and Transformative Leadership.
Mary Robinson, the first female President of Ireland (1990-1997) and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002), has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate. As an academic legislator and barrister she sought to use law as an instrument for social change, arguing landmark cases before the European Court of Human Rights, as well as in the Irish courts, and the European Court in Luxemburg.
The World Office is in full World Council mode! As we continue our preparations for this exciting event that will bring together our movement, the World Office caught up with the World Council Coordinator from the YWCA of Thailand – Sudawan Khomtram. Sudawan shares with us how the preparations are coming along in Bangkok and gives us a little taste of what we can expect.
As part of our membership support we have created some online World Council tutorial videos to help our members participate in the various aspects of the World Council programme.