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Merched y Wawr
Merched y Wawr (Girls of the Dawn) was formed in Parc, near Bala, in 1967. The foundersí aim was to create a movement that gave the Welsh language more prominence than it was given by the Womenís Institute. Merched y Wawr quickly became popular, offering a range of activities to its members. Through monthly meetings, the members have an opportunity to socialise, learn new crafts, compete, travel, support charities and promote the Welsh language. By the turn of the 21st century, Merched y Wawr had over 250 branches in Wales.
The movement had difficulty in attracting youth and, in response to this challenge, Clybiau Gwawr (Dawn Clubs) were formed in 1994. With an emphasis on the social element, Clybiau Gwawr could attract a wider following while remaining true to the movementís original aim of promoting the Welsh language.
A national centre was opened in Aberystwyth in 2000 and the movementís headquarters were based there.