The World YWCA was founded in 1855, by the philanthropist Lady Mary Jane Kinnaird, and the committed Christian Emma Robarts. They addressed the needs of single women arriving from rural areas to join the industrial workforce in London, by offering housing, education and support with a “warm Christian atmosphere”. At that time there was industrial revolution in Europe and the end of British Kashmir war. Under social unrest, many displaced women, Mrs. Lady Kinnaird women’s dormitory is founded, so far away from home with a young woman with a “home away from home”; later, Ms. Roberts (Miss Emma Robarts) often held prayer meetings for the women everywhere to pray, so this created a precedent of the YWCA movement. In 1877, the two organizations merged known as the YWCA, and in 1894 formally established the YWCA World Association, then the world had been established YWCA.
We, the YWCA of Taiwan, accept the basis of the World’s Young Women’s Christian Association; Faith in God the Father Almighty and in Jesus Christ His only son, our Lord and Savior, and in the Holy Spirit. We declare our purpose to be: to build in the spirit of Jesus Christ a fellowship of women and girls dedicated to the task of developing the physical, mental, social, aesthetic and spiritual growth of our members, so that they may promote human welfare, become responsible members of society and the world community.