World YWCA

PMNCH constituency

Non-governmental organization

Focal point

Sara Llort


Interim General Secretary

Health focus

  • Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) profile
  • Maternal/Reproductive Health

Priority action area(s)

  • Broker knowledge and innovation for action
  • Advocate for mobilizing and aligning resources and for greater engagement
  • Promote accountability for resources and results

Mission statement

The desired impact of the World YWCA is for women, young women and girls in their diversity to successfully claim their rights as empowered leaders, decision makers and change agents responding to the issues affecting their lives and communities. Annually YWCAs train over 1.5 million women leaders and reach more than 25 million women and girls through direct programmes and services in 22,000 communities. The YWCA is present in over 120 countries and is a locally-driven, women-led organisation that works to address the global priorities of SRHR, HIV and violence against women and young women's leadership. Founded in 1855, YWCAs have also been at the forefront of promoting women's rights, including a minimum legal age for marriage, equal pay, property rights and an end to gender based discrimination.


Organization e-mail:

Full address:

16 Ancienne Route
1218 Grand Saconnex





Scope of work:


WHO Region: