World YWCA and the YWCA of Palestine Statement
6 May, Geneva - The World YWCA joins the YWCA in Nigeria and the rest of the world in condemning the brutal violence the terror group Boko Haram has committed against hundreds of women and girls held in captivity. While we rejoice in the fact that the Nigerian army has rescued more than 700 women and girls in the last week, the fact that more than 200 of them are pregnant at the hands of their captors is unacceptable.
Geneva, May 8, 2014: The World YWCA joins the YWCA of Nigeria and the rest of the world in calling for urgent and immediate safe return of the 276 girls kidnapped from a state school in the town of Chibok by armed and uniformed men on April 15.
“Equality for women is progress for all”
This year, once again, we observe World AIDS Day, December 1st 2013, with a stark reminder that 35.3 million people are still living with HIV globally. Over 50% are women and, of these, 42% are young women between the ages of 15-24 years (UNAIDS). In Sub-Saharan Africa over 58% of the people living with HIV/AIDS are women of reproductive age.
Since the adoption in 1977 of November 29 as the annual observance of solidarity with the Palestinian People, the United Nations (UN), the World YWCA and the international community have stood firm in requesting that human rights and international law be protected and affirmed for all. In addition, the World YWCA affirms the role of women in peace building and conflict resolution as enshrined in the UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women
Over the next quadrennium (2011-2015) the theme for World AIDS Day is “Getting to Zero”, calling for zero discrimination, zero new infections, and zero deaths. Getting to Zero is the focus and aim for UNAIDS and the HIV community as they encourage member states to defend the progress made and to address the gaps in order to achieve the MDG 6 targets which include: to prevent people becoming infected with HIV; to expand availability of treatment; to provide the best care for people living with HIV and AIDS and their families; to expand access and uptake of HIV testing and counseling so that people can learn their HIV status; to strengthen health care systems so that they can deliver quality and sustainable HIV and AIDS programmes and services; and to improve HIV and AIDS information systems, including HIV surveillance, monitoring and evaluation and operational research.
The NGO Working Group on Peace, which includes the World YWCA, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the General Arab Women Federation, again this year joins women and men all over the world in observing the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. As organisations that have a long history of working on issues of peace with justice, we have witnessed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 1948 and journeyed in solidarity with the people in this region. We stand in search of lasting and durable peace with justice for all people of the world, and especially in this region on this special day, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.