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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.

Week without Violence 2014– NoXCuse for Violence Against Women 


  • 7 days,
  • 168 hours,
  • 10,080 minutes
  • 604,080 seconds 

Imagine one week where women can walk the streets at night without fear. Imagine police officers without guns. Imagine female genital mutilation, child early and forced marriages, domestic violence and rape as faded memories of a long gone era. IMAGINE A WEEK WITHOUT VIOLENCE

This is the vision of the global movement of YWCAs. This is what the YWCA Week without Violence works to achieve. Every year during the third week of October, YWCAs from all over the world promote and encourage a Week without Violence - a week-long series of community events promoting diverse approaches to creating a world free of violence. The YWCA Week without Violence is annual worldwide campaign that encourages communities to think and act towards a world without violence. 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.

This year the World YWCA Week Without Violence will be held on 13 – 19 October, 2014.  During this week, which is also the leading up to the 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence against Women, the World YWCA calls upon YWCA members and partners worldwide to join our NoXcuse for Violence Against Women Campaign.

There’s NO EXCUSE for violence against women.

This is the rallying cry of our new campaign. Working with an international communications agency we are creating a Toolkit for all members. This will include templates for printed materials, a press briefing kit, a how-to guide to creating your own local video, and all the other elements you need for this campaign to be a success.

See the campaign here:  NoXcuses Campaign  

To maximise the impact of this campaign we need all our members to unite and work as one to have our voice heard in the media and in each country and region.

What can you do to help?

We want the toolkit to work for you. For that to happen we need to know your input. Please click on the PDF document above and let us know what other elements you need to meet your local and individual needs. Once we have put together all input we can build a toolkit that really works.

Giving people solutions

Once people have seen the campaign we want them to act. Please think about what can be done in your country. This could vary from identifying safe areas, or support groups or legal help. Once you have this list it will be easy to incorporate it into the campaign materials.

Leveraging our ambassadors

Local and international ambassadors can ensure our message is heard by a wider audience. Please start identifying your local celebrities and influencers and ensure they are aware that the campaign is coming and that they are happy to be part of it. What tools will they need to be of most use and effect?

Getting started

With only 10 weeks before YWCA Week Without Violence we need to move quickly! Please look at the campaign as it stands and help us make it better, more powerful and more effective. If you want to know more please contact Maja Gosovic at

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 - 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.

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.