Call to Council
Following the Article 22 of the World YWCA Constitution the Call to Council was sent to the movement on April 2018.
List of member associations affiliation status
Find your member association status of affiliation and the number of delegates entitled to vote for the World Council.
Proposed Constitutional Amendments
The proposed amendments to the World YWCA Constitution, as submitted by Member Associations and the World Board. As per the Constitution articles 86-88, the proposed amendments are to be shared with member associations six months prior to World Council, and shall be put forward as an item of business at the World Council business meeting.
Please consider them carefully, as member associations will be asked to vote on these amendments. If you are reviewing the Spanish or French versions of the proposed amendments, please note that the English text of the amendments adopted at World Council will be the official version for all legal purposes.
World Council Agenda
This provisional agenda gives an outline of the components that make up the business and thematic parts of the World Council programme. It respects the timelines required by the Constitution for the voting process, the presentation of reports and debates on Constitutional amendments and resolutions. At the same time, it strives to give ample time for learning and deep thinking on critical themes and issues that confront the global YWCA movement, for celebration, worship and for rooting the World Council in the context in which it takes place: South Africa, Africa.
World Council Resolutions
The World YWCA is committed to working in partnership with member YWCAs in development of the global advocacy, priorities and policies.
A World Council Resolution is a long-term commitment that gives the YWCA movement direction about how to address policy priorities. In other words, a resolution tells the movement what to do to create positive changes in women’s lives around a particular priority. A resolution becomes a major statement of policy, requires implementation by the whole YWCA movement, and may have financial implications.
The sharing of proposed resolutions creates opportunities for international education and dialogue on issues of importance to member associations. This process also informs the movement about key issues during the drafting and development of the next Strategy towards Goal 2035.
The Global Governance and Constitution Committee of the World Board has revised the resolutions process in order to ensure they are consistent with the World YWCA purpose and priorities. Please read carefully the documents. The deadline to submit resolutions is May 31st, 2019.
Nominations and Elections
The Nominations Committee is a Committee of the World Council. Its function is to deliver a transparent and open process for nomination and election to World Board and Nominations Committee and for filling vacancies on the World Board and the Nominations Committee.
The functions of the Nominations Committee as stated in the Constitution (article 65) include:
- Recommending candidates for vacancies on the World Board between World Council meetings;
- Administering the nominations process for election on the members of the World Board including the Officers, and the Nominations Committee;
- Ensuring that candidates for election meet the eligibility requirements for World Board;
- Recommending election procedures to the World Council;
- Administering the election process with the assistance of election monitors.
Nominations Committee Members:Roslyn Dundas, Australia (Chair) – Angèle Kolouchè Biao, Benin – Marilyn Kent, Canada – Young Hee Won, Korea – Deborah Thomas-Austin, Trinidad and Tobago.
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World YWCA Board Nominations Re-opened – Deadline June 3rd: The World YWCA Nominations Committee (NC) has not received sufficient nominations from women and young women YWCA members from the Caribbean region and young women YWCA members from both the Latin America and North America regions in reply to our call for nominations to the 2019 election of World Board members. Therefore the NC has decided to re-open the call for nominations only for women and young women from the Caribbean and only for young women from Latin America and North America. We are thankful to all candidates who have applied so far and to the Member Associations putting these candidates forward.
This is a remarkable document that deserves a thorough understanding in order for members to become better leaders of the World YWCA. It reinforces a sense of appreciation and respect for the history of World YWCA. It is the backbone of the World YWCA, embodying the purposes, values, and principles on which the World YWCA was founded. It is the source of all powers of the World Council and World Board and also provides important limitations on the World Board. It has the criteria for affiliation of associations and it has given the World YWCA the possibility to grow and expand to what it has become today without any conflict.
The first World YWCA Constitution was adopted at World Council in England in 1955 and the last amendments were adopted at 28th World Council in Bangkok, 2015. By action of the Council the English text as printed is the official version for all legal purposes.
World YWCA Statements of Policy
The World YWCA Statements of Policy 1894-2015 is a compendium of all official statements adopted during World YWCA Councils, as the supreme authority of the World YWCA.