Documents concerning young women's Christian associations in West Africa and the history of association work throughout Africa. Proceedings, notes and reports of the West Africa conference of YWCA's summarize and assess the conference proceedings and experience. At the conference, women from associations in West Africa hear presentations concerning and discuss topics such as the status of women, western influence in Africa, family and marriage, and leadership. In addition, conference reports include reports from associations on their programs and the status of women in their communities. Following conference materials are documents concerning a training project in West Africa. The West Africa training project is an organized effort to provide leadership and association training for local women. Correspondence and reports include reports of project progress in each country and as a whole in addition to addressing matters of program administration, finance and implementation. West Africa YWCA newsletters include brief updates from each country in the region and important news items to share. Reports on the history of young women's Christian associations in Africa and work with women in Africa describe the context in which the World YWCA, YWCA of the U.S.A. and local associations are working, challenges they face and the progress that has been made.
Leadership in women
Women in development
Young Women's Christian associations
Legal status, laws, etc
Description and travel
Women in development
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Africa, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 3: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Reel 231