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YWCA becomes Platform 51 in the UK, but Indian unit choses to retain name

The Young Women's Christian Association, one of Britain's oldest charitable organizations, changed its name to better reflect its role today, officials said.

The YWCA, established in 1855 to help young women traveling to London for the first time, now is Platform 51, a name selected because 51 percent of people are female and "women use us as a platform for having their say and for helping them into the next stage of their lives," an organization official told The Daily Telegraph in an interview published Friday.

Officials at the World YWCA headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, told British media none of the 124 branches in other countries will follow Platform 51's lead.

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