Current World YWCA News
The Power to Change Fund deadline is fast approaching! Have you applied yet? The deadline is this Sunday the 31st of March, 2013.
The Power to Change Fund is a permanent fund of the World YWCA, that endows leadership development programmes for women and girls worldwide. Stringent guidelines and application procedures guide the grant-making process.
YWCA of Korea joins 66 women's organisations in a call to prevent war and make peace on the Korean Peninsula
In 2012 Korea commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Korean Demilitarized Zone which separated the North of the country from the South, and in so doing separated families, created tension and a sense of fear and insecurity among the divided population. Still today the population of South Korea lives in fear of the threat of war and nuclear strikes.
On Friday, March 8, 2013, International Women’s Day set the tone and the topic of conversation at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. The true intensity of the discussions reflected directly on the fact that, at the very same time the 57th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was taking place in New York centred on the Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.
Following its active participation in and contribution to all aspects of the 57th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 57), and its petition calling for an end to child, early and forced marriage, the World YWCA, was very pleased that the Agreed Conclusions were adopted at the closing of this year's session of CSW 57 in New York.
On the 15th of March, 2013, following much deliberation and fierce negotiations, the Commission on the Status of Women reached full agreement and adopted the Agreed Conclusions.
What else but the spirit would make people dance at 8 in the morning before coffee? Yet there we were, women of all ages, shaking and moving and belting out the song of praise “Unshackled”. And this was only the start of the World YWCA’s ecumenical worship service. It got better...
On March 14, 2013, The World YWCA, in partnership with the World Association of Girl Guides and Scouts presented the Young Women’s Caucus statement to the UN General Assembly during the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, New York.
March 12th 2013, marked the landmark 125th year Anniversary of the YWCA of Brooklyn, USA. This historic YWCA association has now for over a century been a pillar of strength and refuge for women, young women and girls in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The YWCA of Brooklyn held an Anniversary Gala fund-raiser to commemorate the special day. Around 90, people attended the event including local politicians, stakeholders, supporters, YWCA residents and World YWCA CSW delegates.
At the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York, the YWCA of Japan organised a session called Solution to the issue of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery. The guest speakers included Emiko Hirano from the New Japan Women's Association, Indai Sajor, Senior Cross Sector Gender Technical Consultant at Social Impact and Bangladesh Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhry, expert on issues on peace and security in relation to women.
The World YWCA has been advocating strongly at the 57th session on the Commission on the Status of Women 2013 (CSW57), in New York, USA. Over this past week, the World YWCA has held various parallel events including the launch of a report- The Future Young Women Want: A Global Call to Act, documenting specific goals, values, barriers and challenges faced globally by young women in the context of the Post-MDGs agenda. Several YWCA member associations also held parallel events including Finland, Australia, Canada and the USA.