Young Women in Action (YWA) is a membership-based Not-for-profit, Non-Governmental organization formed in June 2002 by a group of young women and men to spearhead issues and concerns which affect young women in the Women’s Movement in particular and Zambia in general.
The need to particularly address issues of young women came from the realization that young women were not accorded opportunities to fully participate in decision-making at the family, community, organizational, and national levels respectively. It was believed that programmes that aimed at empowering women were mainly focused on older women from the age 35 and above. This caused an Intergenerational gap which often manifested itself in older women continuing to take the lead role in the Women’s Movement. This was because young women were perceived to have inadequate leadership skills, knowledge and experience to take up higher positions as they could not articulate issues accurately. Against this background, YWA was established to provide the relevant knowledge, skills and experience to young women aged between 15 and 35 in order to enhance their participation in the Women’s Movement and National development.
YWA sees the future where empowered young women are improving their lives and contributing effectively to national development.
To create an enabling environment for young women to improve their lives through capacity building, networking and advocacy.
The organization adheres to the values of:
- Provision of quality service
- Non partisanship
- Unity and Solidarity
- Team Work
- To encourage young women to aspire for higher positions of decision making in the women’s movement.
- To support the removal of barriers, gaps and prejudices between women of different ages, race and beliefs in the Women’s Movement.
- To Mentor young women in order for them to take up leadership positions and be responsible citizens.
- To lobby organizations within the women’s movement to include young women in programmes such as economic and social empowerment activities, literacy and gender sensitization programs.
- To hold campaigns, demonstrations and matches on matters affecting young women such as sexual and other forms of abuse against adolescent girls and young women and violations of women’s rights.
- To facilitate networking among persons and organizations with similar aims and commitments on gender and development issues at national, regional and International levels
- To encourage young men to support the empowerment of young women.