YWCA launches office in Juba- Mbaraza

By Moses Gum Degur

The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of South Sudan launched its office in Hai Mauna residential area in Juba on Friday, 13th October 2017.

Modienosa Mbaraza, the Executive Director of YWCA said they launched the liaison office in Juba to provide an opportunity for the citizens to know the operations and presence of its mission and work plan.

She promised the public that YWCA will engage in a series of activities in the nearest future. She described Young Women’s Christian Association as a dedicated organization that aims at eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and respect for human dignity.

Ms. Mbaraza said her organisation is to encourage and build the leadership of women and girls in South Sudan. “We officially launched our liaison office in Juba for people to know our operations and mandate. We are dealing with peace building, trauma healing, economic empowerment and life skills training for young women of South Sudan,” she narrated.

Mbaraza said that YWCA will act as a tool for development to ladies, as it provides education opportunities for disadvantaged women to enable them improve their living standards.

She disclosed that they are aiming higher to offer comprehensive services to struggling women and families – including affordable child care and supportive housing, nurture girls’ educational ambitions, encouraging girls’ interest in technical fields of studies.

The YWCA’s leader said their long term-plan is to provide quality care and education for children from low-income families by providing them with a chance for better living standards.

She promised that her organisation would continue supporting the young women and girls to become more economically stable.

Young Women’s Christian Association is a non-government and non-profit organisation, formerly operating in the former Western Equatoria State. It now has branch offices in Wau and Juba.

Young Women Christian Association is a movement working for the empowerment, leadership and rights of women, young women and girls in more than 120 countries.

The members and supporters include women from many different faiths, ages, backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. Their common goal is that “by 2035, one hundred million young women and girls will transform power structures to create justice, gender equality and a world without violence and war; leading a sustainable YWCA movement, inclusive of all women”. The World office is currently based in Geneva, Switzerland.

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