Registration & online consultation available! Engage, participate and make your voice count in the FIRST HRC Youth Forum on Friday 10 June 2016 before the start of the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in #Geneva, Switzerland
The Young Women's Christian Association - YWCA Kenya is calling for assistance due to the recent heavy rains and flooding which has led to collapsed buildings and loss of lives. We would be very grateful for your help in spreading the information, for your prayers and contributions to their work to support women and children affected by the disaster.
Read letter of appeal here!
#CEDAW for Change Training Program
The application period for #CEDAW for change Costa Rica course has been extended to May 30th. This course is limited to THIRTY (30) participants so please apply early and submit your deposit to ensure that your application is considered.
The Women's Human Rights Education Institute helps participants develop a practical understanding of the United Nations Human Rights system and learn how to apply a women’s human rights framework to a multiplicity of issues. Participants will develop practical facilitation skills to help them become human rights educators in their own regions and organizations.
We remember over 68 years of the Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice. Today there are more than five million Palestinian refugees in the world; some have been displaced or disposed for the second or third time. Most refugees who fled Palestine in 1948 came from all parts of the country and fled to Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. Read full action alert below.
"Mobilizing parliamentarians and national government is critical, as is focusing on unlocking resources and financing programs that not only prevent marriage, but also support married and parenting adolescent girls.This work needs coordinated community level engagement. It needs to be multi-generational and we need to shift the role of families and the attitudes toward girls within families." #EndChildMarriage
Nyaradzayi.Gumbonzvanda General Secretary of World YWCA
I remember when a friend of my mother told me that she and her husband were always very cautious to not push traditional gender norms on their daughter. They let her wear whatever she felt comfortable with and wanted to prioritize that she could play and have fun rather than look nice. She came home from kindergarten one day when she was three years old and told her mom that the girls had started questioning why she wore pants and not dresses and why she was looking boyish.
---Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda (General Secretary, World YWCA)
Women Deliver 2016 comes to a close today after three days of powerful storytelling and sharing of strategies and ideas to improve women and girls health and lives as a whole.
The event brought together world leaders, advocates, policymakers, journalists, young people, researchers, and leaders of corporate companies and civil society. The World YWCA's delegation consisted of General Secretary Nyaradzayi.Gumbonzvanda, Staff & young women from the YWCA global movement including #India, #Australia, #Denmark, #Haiti, #Malawi and #Scotland.
The conference hosted 5,543 delegates from 165 countries and 2500 different organizations. The live streaming had 1 billion viewers registered from across the world.
Read more on the exciting activities and sessions from the World YWCA in #WD2016
Throughout, Women Deliver, World YWCA has held a ‘Safe Space #Egumeni Hub’ for young women and girls to network, share experiences and participate in workshops. The space proved to be very popular and received several high level visitors including Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister of Australia, Princess Mabel of Orange- Nassau (Netherlands), Maya Harper, Head of Gender Unit – UNAIDS, Dr Fulata Moyo, World Council of Churches and Joanna Herat, UNESCO. #WD2016
"There's nothing like young women supporting each other!" Today we take #ThursdaysInBlack to Women Deliver in Copenhagen, Denmark, where young women are saying #NoXcuse to violence and joining Australia to raise awareness about intimate partner / domestic violence and stressing how our everyday words and expressions can support harmful behaviors. #TIB #TalkTown
Join the conversation in tomorrow's Twitter Chat!
How to participate in #WhatWomenWant Selfie Campaign & virtual conversation
Post a selfie on Twitter holding a sign that says #WhatWomenWant, along with your priorities for women and girls, HIV, SRHR, GBV, and gender equality. Tag World YWCA (@worldywca) & Athena Network (@NetworkATHENA) and join the global conversations & spaces, especially during Women Deliver and a focused week of advocacy toward a strong Political Declaration on AIDS (16-20 May), the High Level Meeting on AIDS at the United Nations (8-10 June), and the International AIDS Conference in Durban (16-23 July).
When? Thursday 19 May
What time? 7:30-8:30 am Seattle/10:30-11:30 am DC-Puerto Rico/3:30-4:30 pm UK/ 4:30-5:30 pm South Africa-Geneva/ 5:30-6:30 pm Kenya-Uganda/ 8:30-9:30 pm Bangladesh
World YWCA Women Deliver conference session on "Women Parliamentarians' impact on Policies" and World YWCA General Secretary Nyaradzayi.Gumbonzvanda talking about ending child marriage - "Child marriage is RAPE! We can not justify it in the name of culture and faith" #wd2016
Today is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and the World YWCA stands in solidarity with the millions of people around the world who face discrimination on a daily basis—at home, at work, in hospitals, in schools, on public transportation and many other social spaces. #IDAHOT
Today, we call on the global community to end to all forms of discrimination and we stand in solidarity with victims of all forms of violence.
Let’s commit to a lifestyle where discrimination is no longer socially acceptable!