The fifty-fifth session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will be held from February 22 to Marc 4, 2011 in New York.
The World YWCA has been invited to participate in the Gender-based Violence Area of Responsibility (GBV AoR) Annual Planning Retreat in New York from January 11 – 13, 2011
For over 19 years the YWCA Canada, as part of their commitment to end violence against women (VAW) and children, has been hosting the “Rose Campaign to End Violence against Women.”
Dr Lorraine Cole, former CEO of the YWCA USA, was appointed by President Obama as Vice-Chair of the President Advisory Council on Financial Capability.
World YWCA volunteer, Elizabeth Nash, attended the recent UN Summit in New York and represented the World YWCA in advocating for Women’s Leadership in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Being from Geneva and not knowing many representatives, Elizabeth said that she “needed a means to readily connect with others. I found the perfect solution in a simple pink scarf… a YWCA pink scarf with a bit of history.” The pink scarves were used to make the YWCA more visible at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), and they were donated by the YWCA of Taiwan. Last March, during the CSW's Women’s intergenerational side event hosted by the World YWCA, such global figures as Mary Robinson (former High Commissioner for Human Rights) and Thoraya Obaid (UNFPA Executive Director) among many others, were enveloped in silk pinkness, immediately recognisable to all. The power of pink is no small force; this time, from the UN security guards to the BBC’s Zeinab Badawi, the pink scarf opened many unexpected doors.
In 1986 Gaile Owens from Nashville, Tennessee, was sentenced to death for the murder of her husband. Two weeks ago Owens’ sentence was changed to life in prison and she could be eligible for parole as early as next year due to good behaviour during her 25 years in prison.
As Canadas only established national network and largest single provider of shelter services for women and children leaving domestic abuse, YWCA Canada has deep roots in the countrys violence against women movement, offering services to approximately 20,000 women every year.
The YWCA USA has applauded President Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama’s new national service initiative, United We Serve, that calls on Americans to participate in community service and to make service a way of life to volunteer and improve their communities.
The YWCA USA Annual General Assembly elected new officers and members of its national board of directors, called the National Coordinating Board, during its recent 2009 National Conference in Washington, DC.
The YWCA USA celebrated its distinguished 150-year legacy as the nation's oldest and largest women's organisation at a gala awards dinner in Washington, D.C.