Current World YWCA News
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.
Women’s rights organisations met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from November 14-16 2014 for the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Beijing+20 Regional Review meeting. The World YWCA participated in the Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Forum with a strong delegation and held a YWCA advocacy training session for young women. Participants called on African governments to dedicate themselves to upholding national, regional and international laws and policies that advance women’s rights and gender equality on universal human rights standards already agreed upon, and protect them from social moral and cultural arguments and positions.Kgothatso Mokoena, a participant from the YWCA of South Africa shares her thoughts on the Beijing+20 Process:
UN Security Council Resolution 1325 for Accountability
“UNSCR 1325 is about Women, Peace, and Security. It is about engaging women in prevention and resolution of conflicts and building a just and lasting peace. The 1325 resolution is also about ending impunity and prosecuting those responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.” Fredrik Gjernes, Director of the YWCA YMCA Global in Norway
Today is the second day of the World YWCA and World Alliance of YMCAs official Week of Prayer and World Fellowship; each year for over a century, the YWCA and YMCA movements have collaborated to issue a joint call to pray as an important reminder of the spiritual vision that drives their efforts to create a better world for all people. In 2014, the World YWCA/YMCA Week of Prayer takes place under the theme “Bold and Transformative Leadership” and is inspired by the book of Exodus.
September, 1995 in Beijing China, history was made on the path of advancing women’s rights. On this historical occasion almost 20 years ago, UN Member States at the 4th World Conference on Women adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), and through this milestone text for the advancement of women in the twenty-first century, member states committed to a decisive agenda for advancing women’s rights and empowerment.