Current World YWCA News
On 25 April 2015, a devastating earthquake hit Nepal, parts of India and Bangladesh, in response the World YWCA issued a call to action and the YWCA of Nepal called for financial contributions to support their relief effort. So far the YWCA of Nepal has supported over 1000 individuals including 400 families.
On June 15, 2015 history was made at the African Union (AU) in Johannesburg South Africa as the union announced that it has formally adopted a common position on ending child marriage in Africa. Under the new agreement, the AU is urging its Member States to establish comprehensive action plans to end child marriage, including establishing and enforcing laws which set the minimum age for marriage at 18. The AU will monitor progress toward this goal as part of its Agenda 2063 strategy, which aims to ensure positive socioeconomic transformation within the next 50 years.
Johannesburg, South Africa – 17 June, 2015 – The African Union (AU) today announced that it has formally adopted a common position on ending child marriage in Africa. Under the new agreement, the AU is urging its Member States to establish comprehensive action plans to end child marriage, including establishing and enforcing laws which set the minimum age for marriage at 18. The AU will monitor progress toward this goal as part of its Agenda 2063 strategy, which aims to ensure positive socioeconomic transformation within the next 50 years.
The World YWCA at the 29th Session of UN Human Rights Council – Advancing women’s and girl’s human rights
As the United Nations Human Rights Council holds its 29th session (HRC29) from June 15th to July 3rd 2015, the World YWCA will take an active part to ensure that the HRC makes commitments to women’s and girls’ human rights.
During the sixty-eighth session of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the World YWCA welcomed Mr Richard Javier Huang, Taipei Cultural and Economic Delegation in Switzerland, Mr Gordon C.H.Yang, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of China (Taiwan) and their five Youth Ambassadors to the World office. The Youth Ambassadors who are all students finishing their bachelors travelled from Taipei to participate in the World Health Assembly; to bring their knowledge and to learn more about sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and adolescence health.
World YWCA is currently seeking a monitoring and evaluation officer.
‘Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and promoting good governance.’ – Kofi Anan
The World YWCA have been following the discussions related to the Post-2015 Agenda very closely and strongly advocating for a range of issues on a national, regional and international level. We believe that gender equality is a vital component for any sustainable development path and that the agenda must empower women, young women and girls.
In February of 2014, the YWCA of Ukraine continued its fight for women’s equality in launching its programme, “Let’s Strengthen Young Women against Gender Based Violence,” a World YWCA Power to Change funded project. The programme engaged with both young women and men, ages 15-24, in local communities to identify and respond to issues of gender based violence against women and girls. Prior to the programme, the Y conducted a survey among students to gage what they believed constituted violence against women. The results indicated the necessity of creating a programme to increase knowledge on all types of gender based violence, as 57% of those surveyed indicated that violence against women could only be physical, not realizing that violence can be psychological as well.
Accessible education has been a luxury for far too long, as 58 million children worldwide still do not attend school. In fact, 31 million girls do not attend school, as too often girls and young women experience injustices such as child marriage, domestic violence, and HIV/AIDS that hinder their access to an education.
World YWCA Day 2015 was all about "Celebrating our Work and Envisioning 2035”. It was a day for the YWCA movement and friends to come together to celebrate the work of the movement and the women of the YWCA. Around the globe YWCA’s held breakfasts, hosted discussions, workshops, danced, sang, worshipped and celebrated the amazing work and history of the outstanding women, young women and girl leaders across the YWCA.