Building upon the prayers that have been spoken for over 100 years; staff, members, friends and well-wishers of the World YWCA and World Alliance of YMCAs gathered at the Ecumenical Centre’s Chapel in Geneva, Switzerland today November 12, 2012. Together they worshiped and opened the Week of Prayer and World Fellowship.
The HRC offers an opportunity for the World YWCA to advance its work on women’s inter-generational leadership by offering mentorship opportunities to young women; it provides a platform for engaging with other organisations on issues of women’s rights and enables us to sustain country level advocacy actions in line with our on-going work at the global level.
Violence against Women affects women around the world and it is deeply rooted in all societies, cultures, traditions and structures. In the struggle for women‘s rights, YWCAs are actively involved in programmes that respond to the needs of survivors of violence and that mobilise communities against violence. Campaigning is one of the ways that YWCAs are working to address gender inequality and VAW. One such campaign is the YWCA Week Without Violence that takes place in the third week of October each year.
In 2012 on December 12, the United Nations unanimously endorsed a resolution urging governments to ensure universal access to health care without financial hardship.
World YWCA Day is celebrated annually on April 24 and is an opportunity for YWCAs around the world to commemorate the history of this special movement.
The International AIDS Conference is the most important gathering for the release and discussion of scientific, programmatic and policy developments in the global response to HIV and AIDS.
United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
The World Council is the legislative authority and governing body of the World YWCA. During this auspicious event, representatives from each affiliated association come together to elect the members of the World YWCA Board, to set priorities for the coming years work and to determine policies through resolutions.