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The Week Without Violence (WWV) Toolkit - October 12-17, 2015
There is no excuse for violence against women and there is no excuse for ignoring it.
This is the rallying cry of the campaign from the World YWCA. “This is your fault; you’ve dishonoured the whole family!” The NoXcuses campaign questions the validity of similar sentences commonly used when a violent act is committed. Oftentimes, both parties involved in such an act don’t realise that no excuse is acceptable as violence is a violation of women’s fundamental human rights.
On September 25, 2015, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of 17 bold new Global Goals, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed as a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world. The World YWCA participated in the UN Sustainable Development Summit and continues to advocate during the UNGA. The World YWCA was honoured to be asked to nominate a young woman to address the high-level Global Leaders Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action, during the official Sustainable Development Summit.
The World YWCA movement have embarked on a new phase of development by defining its 20-year programme of bold and transformative goal to 2035 – now available for you to read!
The YWCA of Belarus ran a successful one year project funded through the World YWCA Power to Change Fund on preventing domestic violence. Based on Christian principles the project addressed Domestic and other gender-based violence; Basic human rights (right to freedom); Leadership development, personal development (self-esteem, knowledge of human rights); Raising the status of woman in the society in order to avoid “stigmatization” and “survivorization”.
At the time of the bombing and its aftermath, Hiroshima was a burning hell. Some people burned to death, and others had glass stuck in their bodies. A famous Japanese peom described the situation as such: “When the atomic bomb falls, day turns into night and people turn into ghosts.” - Tsugumi Inoue, Nagasaki Peace Messenger.
Each year on 12 August International Youth Day is celebrated globally. This year the theme is “Youth Civic Engagement”. 12 August was first designated International Youth Day by the UN General Assembly in 1999, and serves as an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, and an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth.
As we prepare for the YWCA World Council 2015, show us what the World Council theme bold, transformative leadership looks like to you.
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Young people are educated to be obedient, abide by set rules and being told by others what to do on the basis that one is young and inexperienced. This exerts more pressure on young women and girls. Under a patriarchal system which is constituted many communities around the world, women and young women are being discriminated against in many forms.
The World YWCA stands in solidarity with our sisters in Greece during this time of economic and social hardship. The Eurozone debt crisis has plummeted millions of people and their families into poverty and despair. The YWCA of Greece in its 92 year history has been a strong member of our movement. They hosted the World Council in 1979 and the late Athena Athanasiou, who was President of the World YWCA (1967-1975) and President of the YWCA of Greece served the movement with great passion. The YWCA of Greece continues to serve their communities and during this time of social turmoil strives to empower women, young women and girls.