Current World YWCA News
World YWCA’s Call to Action for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
There is noXcuse for violence Against Women – There is noXcuse for ignoring it
November 25 – December 10, 2014
Tomorrow marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days is a time to galvanise action to end violence against women and girls around the world.
Witnessing the significant increase in Gender Based Violence in the country, and thanks to a Power to Change Fund grant, the YWCA of Belize was able to carry out a project to address this issue, from October 2013 to August 2014.
Women’s rights organisations met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from November 14-16 2014 for the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Beijing+20 Regional Review meeting. The World YWCA participated in the Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Forum with a strong delegation and held a YWCA advocacy training session for young women. Participants called on African governments to dedicate themselves to upholding national, regional and international laws and policies that advance women’s rights and gender equality on universal human rights standards already agreed upon, and protect them from social moral and cultural arguments and positions.Kgothatso Mokoena, a participant from the YWCA of South Africa shares her thoughts on the Beijing+20 Process:
UN Security Council Resolution 1325 for Accountability
“UNSCR 1325 is about Women, Peace, and Security. It is about engaging women in prevention and resolution of conflicts and building a just and lasting peace. The 1325 resolution is also about ending impunity and prosecuting those responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.” Fredrik Gjernes, Director of the YWCA YMCA Global in Norway
Today is the second day of the World YWCA and World Alliance of YMCAs official Week of Prayer and World Fellowship; each year for over a century, the YWCA and YMCA movements have collaborated to issue a joint call to pray as an important reminder of the spiritual vision that drives their efforts to create a better world for all people. In 2014, the World YWCA/YMCA Week of Prayer takes place under the theme “Bold and Transformative Leadership” and is inspired by the book of Exodus.
September, 1995 in Beijing China, history was made on the path of advancing women’s rights. On this historical occasion almost 20 years ago, UN Member States at the 4th World Conference on Women adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), and through this milestone text for the advancement of women in the twenty-first century, member states committed to a decisive agenda for advancing women’s rights and empowerment.
This week in Honiara, the World YWCA and the YWCA of the Solomon Islands is hosting 30 women from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Samoa for the Pacific skills and leadership training Our Future: Moving forward in advancing Intergenerational Approaches to Bold and Transformative Leadership.
The Ebola crisis continues to grip West Africa and several cases have now been reported outside of the region. There is still no cure for Ebola and victims can die within a few days of contracting the fatal disease. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is working tirelessly to combat the disease and provides emergency medical support to affected countries. The WHO has issued the following Ebola messages for the general public:
The World YWCA International Leadership Institute (ILI) on Envisioning 2035 and Intergenerational and Shared Leadership, held in Bogota Colombia from October 6 - 9 2014, consisted of a wide array of empowering workshops, reflections and talks by various inspiring interlocutors. As part of the ILI the participating delegates from around the world had the opportunity to meet, listen and dialogue with two “Mothers of Soacha”, victims of the dramatic "Extrajudicial Executions” event which occurred in 2008 in Soacha, Colombia.