YWCA of Bangladesh

As a non-profit voluntary women’s organization, the YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) came into being in this part of the world in the year 1961 as a branch of Pakistan YWCA. Since then it has been working counting on collective action for empowerment and development of the lives of women, girls and children irrespective of caste, creed or religion. After emergence of Bangladesh in 1971, YWCA of Bangladesh was rejuvenated with an independent movement in an independent country and ensured its resourceful existence phenomenally in the world. The YWCA of Bangladesh got affiliated with World YWCA in the year of 1979. Nowadays, it has been a thriving and wide-spreading organization dedicated to social pragmatic change in true sense.

List of Local YWCAs

YWCA        Formed       Affiliated to National YWCA 

Dhaka          1961                   1979

Barisal          1972                 1979

Chittagong 1973                   1979

Pabna         1979                  1980

Comilla        1979                 1981

Khulna        1981                  1983

Birisiri         1982                   1986

Chandpur   1985                   1988

Gopalganj 1990                    1995

Dinajpur     1990                  1995

Jessore      1995                  2000

Khagrachari 1997               2000

Savar       2004                  2009

Through a development lens, YWCA of Bangladesh is always striving to be an active partner in establishing peace, justice and human dignity supplementing Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as a whole. With an attendance of 27 members in the years of 1961, it, at the present, has 2257 members and 748 staff. It is carrying out a range of pro-poor and community development oriented programs and activities catering to more than 85,000 women, young girls and children teaming up with 13 local branches in 12 districts of the country.