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17th to the 22nd of November 2019, delegates and observers from YWCAs worldwide are gathering in Johannesburg, South Africa for the meeting of its highest decision and policy-making body, the YWCA World Council.

This landmark event, 29th since its establishment in 1855, will regenerate the worldwide YWCA movement, strengthen its impact at community, national and global levels, in order to transform lives, leaving no one behind.

Watch video of the last World YWCA Council in Bangkok

Mavis Nonthuzelo Manzana, President of YWCA-SA

2019 is a historic year for the World Affiliated Young Women Christian Association of South Africa (YWCA-SA). In its 86 years of existence, it is the first time the organisation will be hosting the World Council. 

We sincerely appreciate Ms. Esther Tsikwe our former General Secretary, who initiated this opportunity for the YWCA-SA, supported by our bid partners; Joburg Tourism, Gauteng Tourism Authority, SA Tourism and the South African National Convention Bureau and South African Airways.

Joburg Tourism boosted YWCA-SA delegates to the 2015 World Council meeting in Bangkok where they made a brilliant presentation of South Africa; while the  GTA sponsored the attendance of a delegate.

In the current economic climate, raising funds to successfully host has been a huge challenge,  but with God on our side, we are happy to sincerely thank the SANCB for providing essential funding  for the development of YWCA-SA website, delegate boosting and site inspections.   We also appreciate Barloworld and YWCA Dube Charitable Trust for providing resources for various activities within the World Council programme.

At the 28th World Council in Bangkok in 2015, South Africa was announced as the host country for the 29th World Council. I, Mavis Nonthuzelo Manzana, President of YWCA-SA welcomed this wonderful opportunity and encouraged member associations to come to our beautiful country to experience our hospitality and Ubuntu.

We have been magnificently blessed with the consistent and very much appreciated input, guidance and contributing resources from the World YWCA in the staging of this gathering.

In the past few months news reports of tensions amongst South African citizens and foreign nationals residing in the country caused uncertainty amongst potential participants. We want to allay fears as our government took immediate steps to address contentious issues, with peace and order now prevailing, nationwide.

The YWCA SA warmly welcomes the World YWCA, all delegates and observers from participating countries around the globe represented here. We are so happy to see you, especially those of you who had visa challenges! We sincerely hope and trust that you will experience what we promised you.

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