Power To Change Fund Success stories
How many of us browse through statistics of a global problem or brush by the numbers of a misfortune faced by millions on our planet? We have all been there and some of us will even acknowledge our casual dismissal of it.
The word ‘Io’ means ‘yes’ in Fijian and the YWCA project has the affirmative objective to develop young women’s capacities and allow the full realisation of their potential as community leaders.
The YWCA of Puerto Rico has been keeping busy by offering a vast array of activities that contribute to a healthy development and at the same time offer the possibility to develop various forms of creativity.
The National Office of the YWCA of Ethiopia is located in quiet haven deep in the heart of Addis Ababa. Established in 1952 by the royal family, the Association was suddenly closed down by the Derg regime after 22 years of operation.
The World YWCA of Lebanon has been doing great work on behalf of violence against women. Currently, Lebanon suffers from high rates of domestic violence with little help from legal protection or police support. Lebanon has no laws for violence against women, and the police ignore most cases of domestic violence.
In the rural parts of Malawi polygamy is a common practice and men are free to have as many wives as they choose. Furthermore girls are often married at a young age, forcing them to drop out of school and have children before their bodies are properly developed. The consequences of this practice affect whole communities and perpetuate the cycle of poverty and ignorance.
Mobilising Young Women’s Leadership and Advocacy in Asia and the Pacific is a multi-year initiative managed by the World YWCA with funding from AusAID. The goal of the initiative is to contribute to a critical mass of young women leaders across the Asia Pacific region. Phase 1 of the project (2012-2013) was implemented in 11 Asia Pacific countries and built the capacity of at least 580 young women to become leaders and human rights advocates in their communities.
In the Solomon Islands, women’s progress towards equal representation in leadership positions is painstakingly slow. At a community level, the potential of young women to bring about positive change is rarely acknowledged. Without a voice in the decisions that affect their lives, widespread abuse of young women’s human rights, including physical and sexual violence, are common. With this in mind, the YWCA of Solomon Islands developed the Rise Up! Young Women’s Leadership Programme, which teaches young women how they can become leaders, transform their communities and claim their rights.
With no comprehensive sexuality education in schools and limited access to information and services, misinformation about young people’s sexual and reproductive health is abundant. Access to information about sexual and reproductive health is limited, with as many as 58% of school students reporting that they are dissatisfied with the amount of reproductive health information they receive. As a result the YWCA of Sri Lanka’s Young Women Lead Change project aims to change this by training young women as peer educators and supporting them to provide relevant, evidence based information about sexual and reproductive health to other young people in their communities. The project is funded through the World YWCA Power to Change Fund with the support of the Australian Government Aid Agency (AusAid).
The YWCA of Belize has developed comprehensive programmes which directly address the needs of the young people within the local community. Their project titled “Empowering, Engaging and Informing our Youth”, operates from an intergenerational approach enabling transformative leadership and empowering young people especially young women to take control of their own lives. In this regard the project aims to develop young leaders to be self-sustainable, lead healthy lives, be informed of potential opportunities and equipped with the necessary skills as desired. The project is supported through the World YWCA Power to Change Fund Grant.