Current World YWCA News
The World YWCA annually recognises Human Rights Day, which is celebrated globally on the December 10. Historically, the date marks the United Nations General Assembly's adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The theme for this year’s Human Rights Day is Human Rights 365 and it encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day. It celebrates the fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times, is entitled to the full range of human rights, that human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values.
Two years ago on December 12, the United Nations unanimously endorsed a resolution urging governments to ensure universal access to health care without financial hardship. This landmark commitment affirmed the right of every person to have the opportunity for the highest standard of health; the responsibility of governments to urgently scale up universal access; and the promise of health for all to create a fairer, more resilient society.
As the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence continues the World YWCA is pleased to share a ground-breaking resource from the We Will Speak Out Coalition (WWSO). WWSO is a global coalition of Christian-based NGOs, churches and organisations including the World YWCA, supported by an alliance of technical partners and individuals who together commit themselves to see the end of sexual violence across communities around the world.
The year 2015 is a critical year, when MDGs will be reviewed and United Nations member states will meet to finalise the draft Sustainable Development Goals that have been agreed after a long process of open working groups, and meeting of member states at the 68th UN General Assembly. It is also the year when development partners are talking about accountability. Given this intense context we ask the questions “How can we hold the world accountable to the 35 million people living with HIV of whom 58% are women, with new HIV infection among young women of reproductive age increasing, yet only 12.9 million people living with HIV who have access to treatment.
The 59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) marks the official 20 year review of the global commitments made on women, equality, development and peace at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in 1995. At this conference, 12 critical areas of concern and a plan of action to address them were adopted. The YWCA movement was present at the founding of the UN; it was among the first organisations to advocate for the establishment of the UN Commission on the Status of Women and was among the organisations leading civil society participation at the 1st UN Conference on Women in 1974. It is with this historical view that we make this statement on progress made, challenges and barriers for women’s enjoyment of all human rights and provide recommendations for the future.
Tomorrow November 29, 2014 will mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Since its inception in 1977, the World YWCA along with the international community has observed this special day and called for the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people to be fully realised and respected.
On the November 15 – 19, 2014, a joint delegation of YWCA and United Methodist Women members, from across Latin America and the Caribbean region actively participated in the 51st Meeting of Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, which hosted a Special Session on Beijing +20, with a focus on its progress and challenges to date. From November 18-19, a special forum for discussion and regional consultation on the issues of the region, hosted by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and UN Women, was held in Santiago, Chile.
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.