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Documents concerning World YWCA conferences, constitutions, consultations and council meetings. The World YWCA unites and coordinates national associations into a world movement of young women's Christian associations supporting cooperation, association development, resource sharing and communication. The purpose, structure and aims of the World YWCA are established in their constitution and bylaws. Conferences and consultations organized by the World YWCA are a way to encourage fellowship, understanding and leadership development. At the Caribbean area conference delegates from national associations in the Caribbean, United States and Canada gather in Puerto Rico to discuss religion, family life and program development. Two consultations in Switzerland are a meeting with a more targeted approach and goal. The first addresses leadership needs in the World YWCA and its members and the second, the role of Christianity in the world movement. Conference and consultation reports summarize the speeches, presentations and discussion groups. Legislative power for the World YWCA is given to the World Council. Every four years the council meets to discuss world issues and develop policy concerning the role of the World YWCA as a world movement. Council meeting reports summarize discussion topics and resulting policy.
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World YWCA, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.