News Archive (2008 - 2005)
Prayers for justice, peace and healing in Zimbabwe were offered at a church service organised by the World YWCA and the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) on April 28 at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.
The World YWCA will represent the Alliance of Youth CEOs at the Global Interagency Task Team Meeting on Youth and HIV to be held from May7-9 in New York.
Trafficking of women and girls in Georgia is an issue the YWCA of Georgia addresses daily. As Georgia is often used as a base to transport women throughout Europe, Georgian women and girls are vulnerable to kidnapping and forced prostitution.
Marie-Claude Julsaint, Programme Director for the Americas and Caribbean, will visit the YWCA of Grenada in May. The association is recovering from difficult times perpetuated by natural disasters.
As the death toll continues to rise in Myanmar, the YWCA movement stands in solidarity and support with the YWCA of Myanmar.
State media reported on May 6 that 22,464 people had now been confirmed dead and another 41,054 people were missing as a result of Cyclone Nargis on Saturday, May 3. Up to a million people are thought to have been left homeless.
Natalie Fisher-Spalton, World YWCA Deputy General Secretary, attended a UNFPA Asia Regional FBO Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from May 5-6. The forum aimed to identify cultural sensitive approaches to sexual and reproductive health and rights and HIV. Although HIV prevalence remains low across the region, UNAIDS reports that rates of new infections are rising in a number of countries such as Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nepal and Bangladesh.
Since 1950, YWCAs have taken one day out of the year to affirm their involvement in a global movement of women and girls working for justice, peace, health, human dignity, freedom and care for the environment. Over time, that day has come to be known as World YWCA Day and is celebrated every year on April 24. The YWCA Round the World Breakfast has been a vital part of day’s events since 2003, serving to connect YWCAs around the world and raise awareness of our global impact on the lives of women and girls.
Report to World YWCA - 9th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, 14-23 February 2006, Porto Alegre, Brazil
The World Council of Churches (WCC) promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. Its General Assembly meets once in 7 years, decides on programme, policy and financial guidelines, elects Central Committee (150 members) and Presidium. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, today the WCC brings together 348 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other churches representing more than 560 million Christians in over 110 countries, and works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church and many Pentecostal Churches.
Besides official business sessions the Assembly includes many thematic plenaries, discussions, workshops (this time called Mutiraos), exhibitions, worships, meeting points… As someone said: “this is God’s colourful and meaningful circus”:
Various YWCAs have been working partners of WCC for decades, YWCA is considered to be one of the root organisations of the ecumenical movement, since 1880s (before the WCC has been established). World YWCA got the official status as an associated partner organisation (in category of International ecumenical organizations) in 1998 at the 8th WCC Assembly in Harare.
The YWCA of Myanmar is providing support to the Delta region of the country after Cyclone Nargis struck on May 3. The official death toll from Cyclone Nargis has now reached 34,273. A further 27,838 people are known to be missing.
More than 100 women and at least 40 children are taking refuge at the YWCA of Harare as violence and intimidation increases in Zimbabwe. “A young widow arrived here after spending ten days hiding in the bush with her baby, ” a YWCA representative reports. “Her house was torched.”
Results of the March 29 presidential election in Zimbabwe were recently announced after a month-long delay. The results give opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai 47.9%, ahead of President Robert Mugabe's 42.3%. With neither candidate gaining the required 50% to take office, a run-off is scheduled. However, the political crisis is far from resolved.