The vision of the European YWCA is of a fully inclusive world where justice, peace, health, human dignity, freedom and care for the environment are promoted and sustained through women’s leadership, with a special focus on young women.
The European YWCA was established to unite YWCA member associations in a European movement. It is a women-led, faith-based organization which seeks to model shared, intergenerational leadership, ensuring at least 25% of its leadership positions are held by young women 30 years and under. The European YWCA represents YWCAs in 24 countries in Europe, which are driven by women and girls in local communities committed to the YWCA purpose.
The European YWCA has a unique role to play in the region, particularly in lifting the voices and perspectives of young women with partners.
As a member of the European Women’s Lobby, they can bring a stronger youth perspective, and within the European Youth Forum, they can bring a stronger gender perspective; and within the Conference of European Churches, they can continue to foster a network of women within the Christian Churches. Partnerships within the movement are also essential to the continued growth and effectiveness of YWCAs in Europe, supporting the development of new or recently affiliated associations and growing the collective resources to make a greater impact on the lives of European women and girls.