The oldest volunteer movement for women and girls in Lebanon.

The pioneer in vocational training programs for women since 1920, and in promoting literacy for disadvantaged women and children.

The initiator of protective legislation for women and children working in industry, since the 1930s.


One of the first NGOs to undertake relief and welfare work in emergency situations with refugee women: Armenian, Kurdish and Assyrian in the twenties, in the wake of world war I; with Palestinian refugees since 1948; and Lebanese displaced communities as of 1976. Its programs focused on linking members of families that were separated by displacement, providing them with temporary shelter, education and training for suitable employment.

A leader in organising nutrition summer camps for underprivileged children and recreational opportunities for girls working in factories.

The first to launch a nonviolence and anti-drugs campaign on a national level in collaboration with other organisations and the media.

 © Lebanon YWCA - Beirut 2002