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7 Days Left Until World YWCA Day!

World YWCA Day is one week away. As you prepare to celebrate this special day and the positive change that we bring to our communities please take the time to listen to a video message from Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary of the World YWCA.

Click here to watch the World YWCA Day video message from Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, World YWCA General Secretary. 

Increased Efforts to Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights in Development Policies

The United Nation 47th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD47) drew to its conclusion on the 11th April 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, U.S.A.  The meeting of member states celebrated the 20th anniversary of the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo in 1994 was intense.

Home-based care for people living with HIV and AIDS

The YWCA of Namibia recently began to offer home-based care for people living with HIV and AIDS and provides nutritional support and income generating activities through their food security programme. The Association promotes social entrepreneurship and innovation, self-sustainability, nutritional support and food security to women and people living with HIV. It is their “ambition to improve food security, enhance health nutrition and eradicate poverty through social innovation and home based care activities.”

United Nations Commission on Population and Development

The 47th Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD) will officially close today Friday 11 April, 2014. The Session has been taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, U.S.A. The theme for the meeting is “Assessment of the status of implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD)”. This year’s session of the CPD has taken stock of the progress and challenges since the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo in 1994.

Affirming Women’s Human Rights

The 25th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) came to a close on the 28th March 2014, after adopting 42 resolutions on a wide range of issues and its report for the session.  The Council also adopted the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of 15 countries. Over the course of the HRC the World YWCA took an active role, raising awareness on specific issues including child, early and forced marriage, and sexual violence in conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), human rights in Palestine and the families in their diversities.

World YWCA Day Excitement!

The month of April has arrived and that can only mean one thing – World YWCA Day is around the corner! The YWCA Round the World Breakfast has been a vital part of this day’s events since 2003, serving to connect YWCAs around the world to raise awareness on our impact on the lives of women and girls. Meeting over breakfast and sharing food and drink is a great way to address issues that will pave the way for what is yet to come. We encourage you to continue in this special tradition!

Applications for the World YWCA Internship Programme 2015 are now open!

Applications for the World YWCA Internship Programme 2015 are now open! Calling all young women leaders of the YWCA movement! You now have an opportunity to participate in a programme that will place a strong emphasis on advocacy, programmes, communication, and young women's leadership.

Our Call to Action

The International Training Institute on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV (ITI) that took place in Arusha, Tanzania, brought together over 80 women, young women and selected young women champions from the all around the world. For five full days these women learned, discussed, debated and shared on issues that affected them to finally produce a joint call to action. This Call to Action will be used as an advocacy document at the 47th Session of the Conference of Population Development in New York on April 7-11 which will assess the status of implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development. Furthermore the Call to Action will be used as an advocacy tool at other events, including the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne in July.

Carolyn Flowers at the ITI!

Carolyn Flowers, World YWCA Treasurer and Board Member, was one of the women that attended the International Training Institute on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Arusha, Tanzania last week. She shares with us her experience and what she has taken back with her