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UN Women Executive Director Visits the World YWCA

On January 15, 2014 the World YWCA had the honour of hosting Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director, at the World YWCA Office in Geneva, Switzerland. Ms Mlambo-Ngcuka was in Geneva for a two day meeting convened by UN Women together with the Government of the Netherlands, addressing women’s participation and voices in the Syrian peace process. The meeting concluded with a statement by Syrian women civil society members and activists. The Syrian peace talks are about to resume at the United Nations this week in Geneva.

Call for Action against Military Base

We Call for Revision of the“U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA)”, and Unconditional Return of the land occupied by the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma

World YWCA meets with His Excellency Ma Ying-jeou, President of Taiwan

Late last year in October 2013, the World YWCA organised an Envisioning 2035 Roundtable in Taipei, Taiwan hosted by the YWCA of Taiwan. In addition to the meeting the World YWCA, the YWCA of Taiwan and roundtable delegates were invited to meet with His Excellency Ma Ying-jeou, President of Taiwan (Republic of China- ROC).

Where We Stand and Where We Are Heading

Another year is here - 2014. Should we really call it “new” year, and if so what’s new? After all, today can only be fully understood and have its contextual meaning if we reflect on yesterday. We can only plan for tomorrow with confidence if we have a good grounding of where we are today. Therefore as I share this message with you, I will take us back to our World YWCA experiences in 2013 and reflect on our key focus for this year as we significantly roll up our sleeves for 2015 and beyond.

Women Deserve a Place at the Table

The last month saw a sharp escalation of violence in South Sudan, with the usual impact on women and girls. The trauma has reverberated throughout the region, as the birth pangs of a new nation remain fresh.

YWCA Leader and YWCA Association make the Headlines!

The World YWCA works to stimulate its members and its member associations to excel and successfully meet their objectives. It facilitates an environment through which people can act both individually and as a group to make effective changes and pursue a common purpose.

Goodbye to our interns…

It is that sad time of the year again when the World Office says goodbye to its long term interns. This year we bid farewell to two special women: Kgothatso Mokoena from South Africa and Ramya Jawahar Kudekallu from India. During their time in Geneva, Ramya and Kgothatso travelled all over the world and attended many international meetings and events, from Korea, Ethiopia and the Caribbean. For the last year they have brought much laughter and warmth to the World Office and we are sad to see them go.

The Fabric of Our Lives Project

The Fabric of Our Lives Project is an advocacy project of the YWCA of Palestine  under the association’s Rights for Women for Peace, Security and Dignity programme. Palestinian women and young woman involved in the project have designed dolls made out of olive wood, dressed beautifully in traditional Palestinian embroidered dresses. Suhair, YWCA of Palestine Project worker shared, “The process began with listening to stories from women who remember what happened in 1948. These stories are then fleshed out with more details about their village both past and present. During the interviews the women sometimes bring out embroidery they have done. Next we designed a model dress based on real dresses worn during that time period in the village.”

YWCAs Reaching the Right Girls at the Right Time

From 14-17 November, 2013, the World YWCA and the Population Council held a training programme in Lusaka, Zambia hosted jointly by the YWCA of Zambia and the Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment Program (AGEP). A total of 11 selected YWCAs (Argentina, Belize, Benin, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Myanmar, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, The US Virgin Islands, and Zambia) participated in a mentoring and training experience on the design and implementation of targeted girl-centred programming. Each YWCA assigned one decision maker (.e.g., General Secretary, President, or senior staff person with solid programme knowledge and experience); and one programme implementer to attend the training. One team member was to be a young woman. This was an exciting opportunity for the twenty-four intergenerational participants to learn collectively, with colleagues around the world, about how to strengthen and expand programming for critical populations of adolescent girls and young women.

ICASA 2013: Time to Act Now

Eastern and Southern Africa’s leaders agree. It’s time to act now on young people’s education and sexual health needs.