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20 Oct

59th CEDAW

20 Oct - 7 Nov

The fifty-ninth session of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), will take place in October 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.

It is scheduled to consider reports from the following seven State parties:

  • China
  • Poland
  • Solomon Islands
  • Guinea
  • Venezuela
  • Ghana
  • Belgium
  • Brunei Darussalam

Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 18, 1979, CEDAW is an international human rights treaty that focuses on women's rights and women's issues worldwide. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination. CEDAW is not only an international bill of rights for women but also an agenda of action. Countries that ratify CEDAW agree to take concrete steps to improve the status of women and end discrimination and violence against women.

9 Nov

YWCA/YMCA Week of Prayer

9 Nov - 15 Nov

The work of the YWCA and YMCA movements is rooted in Christianity and we are driven by our Christian beliefs in everything that we do. One of our oldest joint traditions is to celebrate the YWCA/YMCA Week of Prayer, a tradition that goes back to 1904. Every year during the month of November, the YWCA and YMCA movements issue a joint call for prayer as an important reminder of the spiritual vision that drives their efforts to create a better world for all people.

25 Nov

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 Nov - 13:00

November 25 is marked as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

It is an occasion for governments, international organisations and non-governmental organisations to raise public awareness of violence against women.It has been observed on November 25 each year since 2000.
Living a life free of violence has been recognised as a human right in several international human rights conventions and treaties.
Much remains to be done before all forms of violence against women ceases. On this day the global community calls for an end to atrocities against women and girls and to ensure that women and girls can live lives free from violence.

25 Nov

16 Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

25 Nov - 10 Dec

The annual 16 days of activism against gender based violence campaign—from 25 November to 10 December 2013—calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women and invites the international community to take action against it. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness of gender based violence at the local, regional, and global levels. The 16 days of activism serves as a global platform for sharing the real stories of gender based violence as a way of inspiring change, solidarity and action.

29 Nov

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestine People

29 Nov

The date of 29th of November was chosen because of its meaning and significance to the Palestinian people
On that day in 1947, the General Assembly adopted resolution 181 (II), which came to be known as the Partition Resolution. That resolution provided for the establishment in Palestine of a "Jewish State" and an "Arab State", with Jerusalem as a corpus separatum under a special international regime. Of the two States to be created under this resolution, only one, Israel, has so far come into being.

The International Day of Solidarity has traditionally provided an opportunity for the international community to focus its attention on the fact that the question of Palestine is still unresolved and that the Palestinian people is yet to attain their inalienable rights as defined by the General Assembly, namely, the right to self-determination without external interference, the right to national independence and sovereignty, and the right to return to their homes and property from which they had been displaced.
In response to the call of the United Nations, various activities are undertaken annually by Governments and civil society in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. These activities include, among other things, the issuance of special messages of solidarity with the Palestinian people, the organization of meetings, the dissemination of publications and other information material, and the screening of documentary films.

1 Dec

World AIDs Day

1 Dec

World AIDS Day is an annual campaign to bring attention to the global HIV and AIDS pandemic.

World AIDS Day was first conceived on August 1988 in Geneva, Switzerland. The day is about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education towards HIV and AIDS. World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV still has a vicious place our world. There is a global recognition of those individuals and communities who are living with HIV or AIDS around the world on this day. HIV and AIDS has been the World YWCA’s priority issue for nearly a decade now.

10 Dec

Human Rights Day

10 Dec

Human Rights day is celebrated annually across the world on December 10.

The date was chosen to honour the United Nations General Assembly's adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which occurred on December 10, 1948, the first global enunciation of human rights.
The World YWCA was one of the first organisations to bring women’s human rights onto the United Nations agenda. In 1948, the World YWCA prepared and presented to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, information gathered from member associations around the world. The World YWCA continues to reaffirm the importance of the full and equal enjoyment of human rights by women and girls.