2016 In Review

As we reflect on the progress and achievements made in 2016 we give thanks to God for His provision and guidance. We are pleased to share with you just some of the highlights of the last 12 months!

January – Four of our national board members travel to Copenhagen to participate in governance and project management training with our partners YWCA/YMCA Denmark. Read more here

February – We move our national office to the first floor of the YWCA Residence and welcome Our Daily Bread Ministries as our new tenants.

March – We celebrate International Women’s Day with a series of blog posts from inspirational women. Read more here

We welcome 70 young people from YWCA/YMCA Denmark with an Irish themed party in Greystones.

April – We welcome new members to our Association. Read more about membership here

May – AGM time! We welcome Gemma Kelly and Ally McGeever as our newest board members.

We attend the Dochas Conference on the Sustainable Development Goals and meet and greet President Higgins and former World YWCA General Secretary Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda. Read more here

June – A lot of hard work and planning pays off when we bring together a diverse and enthusiastic group of young women from Ireland, Great Britain and Palestine to participate in Young Women as Advocates of Peace and Justice training in YWCA/YMCA Glenada. Read more here

July – We launch our new Resident’s Assistant Programme in the YWCA Residence, Dublin, providing an exciting new leadership development opportunity for young women. Read more here. Applications for the 2017 intake will be open in the near future.

August – Our accommodation centres are busy with summer visitors and youth and family camps. Read all about it here

September – We join together with women’s groups from around Ireland as part of the National Women’s Council of Ireland AGM to share ideas learning and agree to our collective agenda to advance the rights of all women in Ireland.

We work closely with our colleagues across Europe to finalise planning for the European YWCA General Assembly. 

October – We host almost 50 delegates from 20 countries across Europe at the European YWCA General Assembly and Pre-Assembly in YWCA/YMCA Glenada. We work with the European YWCA to deliver a jam-packed programme full of workshops on issues such as the global refugee crisis, leadership development, climate change and challenging everyday sexism.

As part of a challenging but rewarding business meeting, we are delighted to elect Breda Johnston and Cynthia Wong from YWCA Ireland onto the European YWCA Board and Nominations Committee.

November – We participate in the YWCA/YMCA Denmark General Assembly in Nyborg, Denmark and take part in their global café. This was an excellent opportunity to strengthen our partnership with YWCA/YMCA Denmark.

We celebrated the YWCA/YMCA Week of Prayer. Read more here

December – We attended our first meeting as members of the National Observatory on Violence against Women. The Observatory is an independent network of grassroots and national organisations that come together quarterly to monitor progress on violence against women in Ireland. This is an important forum for YWCA Ireland to participate in as we seek to address the issue of gender based violence on a local, national and international level.

As we settle into a new year, we deeply appreciate the prayers and encouragement of our members and supporters. Thank you!

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