What does Safety means? And more precisely, what does it mean for young European women working or volunteering at the YWCA? Those were the questions that the participants at the European YWCAs Study Session, held April 11 to 18, 2010 in Budapest had to address. Facilitated by Marisa Ribordy, volunteer at the World YWCA in Geneva and member of the preparatory team of the Study Session, the session started with a creativity challenge as the participants had to draw their vision of safety. The drawings were then translated into words that were input on a brick wall, thus making a visual the participants could always refer to.
Flip chart full of drawings and information covered the walls as clusters of young women gathered in huddles, strategising how to best publicise the work of their associations and how to sustain the networking at the European YWCAs Study Session 2010. Young women engaged in laughter and serious conversations that build friendships on the first day of study session in Budapest. This meeting has united 37 young women from 20 European countries from April 12 to 18, 2010.
The sun is peaking through the windows of the European Youth Centre in Budapest, lightening the buzzing activity that is taking place in the conference room of the 4th floor. The preparatory team is bringing a final touch to the programme, going over it one more time, leafing through the sessions to make sure nothing is being left out: "Everything needs to be in perfect place for the opening of the session tomorrow" says Kirsty Kelly, World Board and prep team member, while reviewing the session on the upcoming World Council 2011.
A group of teenage girls gather around a large pile of LEGO® bricks—an unusual sight for girls their age.
Creating a safe world is everyone’s business and the young women of the European YWCAs will contribute to regional and global efforts in April when they participate in the ‘European YWCAs Young Women’s Study Session’ from April 11 – 18, 2010 around the theme European Young Women Creating A Safe World.
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In a bid to tackle the reasons for teenage binge drinking, the YWCA England & Wales is hosting a unique conference to address the country's binge-drinking problem. 'Women finding solutions to binge drinking’, is a one-day conference bringing together those who feel strongly about binge drinking and want to find solutions.
James Brokenshire, Shadow Conservative Home Affairs and Crime Reduction Minister will visit the YWCA of Doncaster, England & Wales, Women's Centre on July 9, 2009.
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A group of six young mothers from YWCA Bristol Young Women's Centre have just completed delivering sex and relationships education to schools in Bristol, United Kingdom.