Current World YWCA News
Female Genital Mutilation is a gross violation of human rights for adolescent girls, young women and women. It is traumatic and increases their vulnerability to HIV and AIDs, results in fistula and maternal death due to complications during pregnancy. Today, there are more than 125 million girls and women alive who have experienced FGM across the globe with high prevalence in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East, and WHO estimates 3 million girls in Africa every year are at risk of FGM.
'I Am a Girl’ is a song about gender equality. It is an anthem to empower women and girls to go after their dreams, without feeling like they have to fit into a stereotype to succeed. The intent of the song and video is to show girls around the world that they are capable of doing anything if they put their minds to it. Music and film have such a powerful influence over us, as they help form our personal identity and subconsciously affect our perception of self-worth. Females, far more than males, are seen and judged for how they look, before they are ever heard. True beauty comes from within. It is time that women are seen for more than just their outer appearances. It is time that women are valued for their intellect, for their character, their determination, their versatility, their creativity, their strength, their vision, and their innovation.
The 26th African Union (AU) Summit is scheduled to take place from 17th to 30th January 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under the theme: : “2016: African Year of Human Rights with particular focus on the Rights of Women”. This builds up on the 2015 theme of “Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”. The World YWCA is participating with a delegation from the following YWCA member associations: Ethiopia, South Sudan, Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Good News, Great Joy and a Precious Gift
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Luke 2:10 KJV
From 9 to 11 December, 2015 in Geneva, the new World YWCA Board held its first official meeting since being elected at World YWCA Council 2015. During our three days together, we continued our Board orientation and confirmed the Board objectives for the quadrennium based on our Envisioning 2035 Goal and our Strategic Framework for the next four years.
World YWCA Statement
International Human Rights Day
The World YWCA is participating in this week's ICASA event. The International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) is a major international AIDS conference which takes place in Africa. Its current biennial hosting alternates between Anglophone and Francophone African countries. The 2015 ICASA is being held in Harare, Zimbabwe taking place from 29 November – 4 December.
World YWCA Statement for World AIDS Day 2015
Empowering young women is key to preventing HIV and ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030
In September 2015, Heads of State came together to agree on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which their governments will collectively strive towards over the next 15 years. Within the overarching goal on health issues, Sustainable Development Goal 3, governments have agreed to work to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
World YWCA and the YWCA of Palestine Statement