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24 Apr

World YWCA Day

24 Apr - 12:00

Since 1947, YWCAs have taken one day out of the year to affirm their involvement in a global movement of women and girls working for justice, peace, health, human dignity, freedom and care for the environment. Over time, that day has come to be known as World YWCA Day and is celebrated every year on April 24.
The YWCA Round the World Breakfast has been a vital part of day’s events since 2003, serving to connect YWCAs around the world and raise awareness of our global impact on the lives of women and girls.

The theme for World YWCA Day 2014 is "Bold and Transformative Leadership"

28 Apr

19th Session of the Universal Periodic Review

28 Apr - 9 May

The Universal Periodic Review "has great potential to promote and protect human rights in the darkest corners of the world.” – Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations. As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed. The countries reporting include:

  • Nicaragua
  • Qatar
  • Ethiopia
  • Equatorial Guinea 
  • Costa Rica
  • Brunei Darussalam 
  • Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Bhutan
  • Dominica
  • Albania
  • DRC
  • Cote D'Ivoire

6 May

International Youth Conference

6 May - 9 May

The Conference is expected to bring together 1500 participants, half of them young people, aged 18 to 19, and 350 of them will come from marginalized backgrounds, making the conference one of the most well represented youth events at the global level. Two official youth delegates will be selected by the governments of each country. In addition to this, 350 more young people belonging to under-represented groups will be selected by the International Youth Task Force. Furthermore, as many as 100 youth delegates who are Sri Lankan nationals will be selected. The Government of Sri Lanka will be sponsoring all young people attending the conference.

The Conference has a unique aim of producing a joint outcome document between states and youth, called “Colombo Action Plan”.

WCY 2014’s crosscutting theme is 'mainstreaming Youth in the Post 2015 Development Agenda'

19 May

Envisioning Round Table

19 May - 21 May

The World YWCA movement is entering a new phase of its development; one that seeks to set a 20-year programme of action for the collective impact and identity of the movement. This programme for action is designed to establish a clear vision for the future sustainability of the movement. It will engage the global YWCA movement to define and prioritise the issues that seek to address and define the type of movement the organisation seeks to be over the coming decades. The World YWCA is using a range of consultation and engagement strategies with the movement, as well as thematic roundtable discussions with key programme partners and donors. The theme for this session is entitled: "Sustainability & Movement Building"

10 Jun

26th HRC

10 Jun - 27 Jun

The 26th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC26) will take place from the 10th to the 27th of June 2014 at the Palais des Nations.

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.

30 Jun

CEDAW

30 Jun - 18 Jul

58th Commission on Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
30 June 08:00 - 18 July 12:00




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

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

  • Central African Republic
  • Georgia
  • India
  • Lithuania
  • Mauritania
  • Peru
  • Swaziland
  • Syrian Arab Republic

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.

20 Jul

International AIDS Conference

20 Jul - 25 Jul

The International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. It is a chance to assess where we are, evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learnt, and collectively chart a course forward.

The AIDS 2014 programme will present new scientific knowledge and offer many opportunities for structured dialogue on the major issues facing the global response to HIV. A variety of session types – from abstract-driven presentations to symposia, bridging and plenary sessions – will meet the needs of various participants. Other related activities, including the Global Village, satellite meetings, exhibitions and affiliated independent events, will contribute to an exceptional opportunity for professional development and networking.

12 Aug

International Youth Day

12 Aug - 12:00

The United Nations’ (UN) International Youth Day is celebrated on August 12 each year to recognize efforts of the world’s youth in enhancing global society. It also aims to promote ways to engage them in becoming more actively involved in making positive contributions to their communities.

8 Sep

27th HRC

8 Sep - 26 Sep

The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body that is within the purview United Nations system.

It is responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them. The Council meets at the UN Office at Geneva.
The Council is made up of 47 United Nations Member States which are elected by the UN General Assembly. The Human Rights Council replaced the former United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

26 Sep

International Conference: Palestine 1325

26 Sep - 1 Oct

Theme: "Women's Freedom, Peace and Dignity in Palestine; UNSCR 1325 for Accountability"

The YWCA of Palestine in coordination with the World YWCA calls on YWCA Associations around the world, human rights activist and institutions, ecumenical partners and churches, to join us as we continue to work towards Peace and Justice and support women to achieve their rights, especially their rights for security, freedom, and dignity, and for holding violators accountable. 

The Conference Objectives/ Expected Outputs are to:

  • Contribute actively to the discourse on Women, Peace, Justice and Security;
  • Offer a platform especially for young people to voice their aspirations and come up with tangible recommendations that can culminate their efforts for peace, justice and dignity;
  • Enlighten and raise awareness amongst the YWCA's global, and other global partners and networks on the situation in Palestine;
  • Create / strengthen advocacy and solidarity networks within the YWCA global movement, churches, ecumenical partners and other international partners, to strengthen their support for Peace and Justice in Palestine including the implementation of UNSCR1325;
  • Contribute to the development of a YWCA position paper on Peace and Justice, that will include a strategy for monitoring of UNSCR1325 Action Plans in their respective countries;
  • Issue a Conference Statement on Women's Freedom, Peace and Dignity in Palestine.  

12 Oct

World Board Meeting

12 Oct - 19 Oct

This year the YWCA World Board will hold its annual meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

The board brings together twenty women and young women representing each region. It will discuss how progress and impact of the movement in the last year and preparations for World Council 2015.

13 Oct

YWCA Week Without Violence

13 Oct - 19 Oct

The YWCA strives for a world without violence.
A world where women walk the streets at night without fear. A society where people need not be burdened with the fear of aggression. Communities where female genital mutilation, domestic violence and rape are faded memories of a long gone era.
This is the vision of the global movement of YWCAs. This is what the YWCA Week Without Violence works to achieve.
The YWCA Week Without Violence is an annual global campaign to stop violence in all its forms. Throughout the week activities focus on raising awareness, promoting attitude change and enabling individuals and organisations to begin positive actions towards ending violence in their communities.

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.

10 Nov

YWCA/YMCA Week of Prayer

10 Nov - 16 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 - 12:00

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.