International Women's Day 2021

YWCA Scotland - The Young Women’s Movement is a national women’s rights organisation and part of the biggest worldwide movement of young women leading change. They work with girls and women experiencing multiple disadvantages. Their focus is on personal growth and the development of life skills that build self-efficacy and tackle the root causes of underrepresentation of women in leadership. 

The organisation has seven staff members working in two main locations in Glasgow and Edinburgh, although they have been delivering all their programmes remotely since March 2020.

The Edinburgh office manages national projects and campaigns, which focus on providing leadership opportunities, training, and visible role models for young women. Their work influences national policy and service delivery in areas such as education, health and politics to create the best outcomes for young women and girls. 

The Glasgow Centre is situated in one of the 15% most deprived areas in Scotland and welcomes over 900 women including those from asylum-seeking and refugee communities, and disadvantaged women and girls. Women are welcomed into an empowering safe space where they explore gender equality, and build confidence and skills through accessing a variety of learning programmes and opportunities.

YWCA Scotland - The Young Women’s Movement began to work with the Social Enterprise Academy (SEA) following the merger with YWCA Glasgow in 2015. Since then we have continued to work together to support the skills, learning and development of the team, volunteers and partners. The training programmes are co-created to reflect our shared values and designed to be practical and transferable to the services we deliver. From the first workshop in 2015, we have continued to work together on programmes including Coaching Skills and Facilitation Skills, which led to the Glasgow team being awarded the ILM Practitioner-Led Learning Exchange. 

In response to the pandemic, we realised we would have to adapt our services from face-to-face to digital facilitation. This would enable us to work effectively with women who engage with our services and our partners. As an organisation, we wanted to support staff to have effective conversations with each other during this uncertain time. Once again we called upon the academy to support us and we participated in a 2-day workshop exploring and developing skills in Courageous Conversations.

We #ChooseToChallenge gender inequality and bring over 160 years of accumulated knowledge of how best to meet the needs of women and girls by providing:

The work of YWCA Scotland is inquiry-led and informed by evidence gathered from young women, with a focus on breaking down barriers faced by young women. We believe wholeheartedly in the potential of young women to become change-makers on a national level, and to develop a fairer, more equal society for all of our citizens. 

You can find out more about YWCA Scotland - The Young Women's Movement by going to their website or on social media channels @youngwomenscot.

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