Documents concerning the YWCA of the U.S.A.'s work in Rhodesia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Togoland and Uganda. The Foreign Division of the YWCA of the U.S.A. works to develop associations for women and girls in Africa and to develop leadership so that the associations can one day be independent. American secretaries stationed in Africa develop programming, train local leaders and girls and report back to the Foreign Division. Secretaries' reports and correspondence describe the cultural, social and political context they work in, assess the needs of the local women and describe challenges they face in their work. In addition, correspondence includes travel and staffing plans. Annual reports from local associations summarize the activity of the association, note important events and report on future needs. In Rhodesia, Margaret Hathaway of the World YWCA is sent as an advisory secretary partnering with the YWCA of the U.S.A. Ms. Hathaway makes contacts in the Copperbelt of Rhodesia developing the association work and addressing the needs of the women of Rhodesia. Ms. Hathaway also works in South Africa where the focus includes building relationships and working across race lines. In addition, South Africa programming includes a grant funded Y-Teen leadership training program. Association programming in Uganda includes an office work training project and various classes and hostels. The only documents from the YWCA of Sierra Leone are notes from a conference. Notes from an interview with Mr. S. G. Antor of Togoland concern a request for the development of a YWCA.
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 230