Focus On Women, Children & Youth
From its beginning, United Methodist Women has focused on ministries with women, children, and youth.
Women have been empowered by leadership education opportunities, mission education, the Reading
Program, tools for advocacy and more. These opportunities allow women to act and to empower women
in the United States and abroad.
United Methodist Women also support programs and projects aimed at improving the special needs of
women because of their refugee statuses, their immigration statuses, situations in which they are abused,
their high illiteracy rate in some countries, their economic dependence, their educational disparities, and
A special emphasis of United Methodist Women is children, because women care for children. If children
are raised with safety, security, food, shelter, education, and basic human rights, these children will grow
to be loving and secure adults. United Methodist Women believe deeply in responding to Jesus' mandate
to "care for the least of these."
Children often do not have a voice in this world, so United Methodist Women cares for them and
advocates on their behalf. United Methodist Women commits to children globally through community
centers, educational opportunities for refugee children, homes for street children, advocacy against
sexual exploitation and child labor, educational institutions and much more.
United Methodist Women work with youth organizations globally and with programs and projects that
support and empower youth. United Methodist Women also enables youth to be in mission by support of
the US-2 program, the mission intern program and the Global Justice Volunteers program.
A special emphasis of the organization has been to involve young women in all the ministries and
leadership of United Methodist Women. A teen and college/university women consultative group helps
direct the program of United Methodist Women to be more inclusive of younger women.