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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

Women of the world come together to advocate for their rights!

The International Training Institute on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV (ITI) in Arusha, Tanzania, started on Monday 17th March, 2014. The conference is hosting over 80 women, young women and selected young women champions from the all around the world. From the Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka to Togo, Democratic Republic of Congo, to Zambia, they have come together to discuss, debate and redefine the World YWCA Global Agenda for Action on Securing Action on SRHR and HIV.

YWCA women speak out at CSW 58

The World YWCA is currently engaged in the 58th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) with a delegation of over 80 participants from 20 different countries. Through the collective efforts of the delegation the YWCA movement is advocating diligently to demand, claim and ensure that the new development agenda be inclusive of the voices of the world’s young women, among those most vulnerable to poverty, hunger and poor health outcomes.

Who Will Roll Away the Stone of Poverty for Women and Girls Worldwide?

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family, Marie-Claude Julsaint, World YWCA Global Programme Manager for Violence Against Women, was invited to speak at “The Role of the Family in Alleviating Poverty,”  a side event during the on-going 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Putting Women and Girls at the Centre of the Development Agenda

The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is currently taking place at the UN headquarters in New York, USA. CSW is addressing challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and girls.

Child, Early and Forced Marriage: A Human Rights Violation

Once again the World YWCA took the centre stage in advocating against child, early and forced marriage (CEFM). On March 7, during the 25th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the World YWCA organised a side event - “Child, Early and Forced Marriage: A Human Rights Violation that CAN End in a Single Generation”, to discuss CEFM and to define it as a human rights violation.