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About the YWCA

The Kyoto YWCA

Established in 1923, the Kyoto YWCA is a non-profit community service organization working for the empowerment of women -- offering services focused on the needs of women, children, and foreign residents in Japan. In Japan, the YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) was founded in 1905. Now there are YWCAs located in twenty-five cities and operating in 30 junior and senior high schools.
The Kyoto YWCA is a member of the YWCA of Japan headquartered in Tokyo and also a member of the World YWCA headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

About the YWCA (World YWCA)

The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) is a global network of women in 125 countries worldwide. It is the world's largest women's organization.
It advocates for peace, justice, health, human dignity, freedom and care of the environment, and has been at the forefront of raising the status of women since it was founded in London in 1855.
The YWCA develops women's leadership to find local solutions to the global inequalities women face. Each year, it reaches more than 25 million women and girls through its work in 22,000 communities. This grassroots development experience shapes the organization's global advocacy agenda.
The YWCA's work is inspired by Christian principles and a commitment to women's full and equal participation in society. It is a volunteer membership movement, inclusive of women and men from many faiths, backgrounds and cultures.

Objectives of the Kyoto YWCA

We are tackling the following issues and working for a multigenerational multicultural community in which people of different ages and cultural backgrounds live together in peace.

  • To protect the human rights of women and children
  • To build a world in which any kind of violence is not allowed.
  • To create a society in which people of different cultural backgrounds live together in peace.
  • To preserve the global environment and build a sustainable nuclear-free world

Main Activities and Services of the Kyoto YWCA


We welcome your participation as a volunteer.
For details, please contact our office (075-431-0351).

Telephone Helpline for Foreign Residents

Affordable Japanese Language Classes with Child Care

Activities to promote a nuclear-free peaceful world

We hold workshops and meetings to study social problems and peace making methods.

Programs for young mothers, infants and children

We offer a variety of programs for children and young mothers, including a library and rhythmic play.

Recycle and Reuse

We have a thrift shop to sell donated items, including clothes and accessories, at reasonable prices to promote 3R (recycle, reuse, and reduce) activities for a sustainable society.


Restaurant “UraraCafe”

Please enjoy healthy, delicious food and drinks at our restaurant.

Meeting Room Rentals

We have several rooms available to rent for events, such as lectures, parties, workshops or classes.