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World Aids Day 2015


World YWCA Statement for World AIDS Day 2015
Empowering young women is key to preventing HIV and ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030

In September 2015, Heads of State came together to agree on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which their governments will collectively strive towards over the next 15 years. Within the overarching goal on health issues, Sustainable Development Goal 3, governments have agreed to work to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

Religious leaders play key role in ending child marriage

Religious leaders have a huge role to play in ending early, child and forced marriage since many people around the world are guided by their religious beliefs.  This was one of the key discussion points when the YWCA and the African Union convened a meeting on the Role of Religious Communities in Ending Early and Child Marriage. The meeting took place Nov 25 in Lusaka, Zambia, at the first African Girls Summit on ending Child Marriage in Africa.

African Union Girl Summit on ending child marriage in Africa

In Lusaka, Zambia the African Union is hosting the ‘African Girl’s Summit on ending child marriage in Africa’ from the 26-27th November, 2015. The summit will be a two day high level meeting bringing together high level personalities from Member States- First Ladies, high level UN dignitaries, women and girls, civil society organisations including community and religious leaders and other stakeholders with the following objectives:-

28th World YWCA Council Adopts 2035 Vision Goal on “Bold and Transformative Leadership”

The 28th World YWCA Council came to a close on Friday 16th of October 2015, with the adoption of the World YWCA Envisioning 2035 Goal. It was a momentous occasion when YWCA Member Associations rallied around a common vision for the future, with a commitment that:

UN Women Launch the Global Study on UNSCR 1325

Statement for the UN Women Launch the Global Study on UNSCR 1325

The World YWCA, a global movement of 25 million women in 125 countries, at our 2015 World Council meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, stand in solidarity with UN Women on the occasion of the launch of the Global Study on UNSCR 1325.

World YWCA Council: Bold and Transformative Leadership

The 28th World YWCA Council under the theme ‘Bold and Transformative Leadership’ opened on Sunday 11th October at the Centara Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand; it is the largest gathering of YWCA members from all around the world. It is a time for membership engagement, decision-making, reflections and most importantly networking and having fun.

The Young Women’s Forum & the International Day of the Girl Child 2015

On the eve of the annual International Day of the Girl Child, taking place on the 11 November 2015, young women leaders of the YWCA Movement have come together to celebrate the theme ‘The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030’ and to endorse the World YWCA statement.

Week without Violence

The Week Without Violence (WWV) Toolkit - October 12-17, 2015 

There is no excuse for violence against women and there is no excuse for ignoring it.

This is the rallying cry of the campaign from the World YWCA. “This is your fault; you’ve dishonoured the whole family!” The NoXcuses campaign questions the validity of similar sentences commonly used when a violent act is committed. Oftentimes, both parties involved in such an act don’t realise that no excuse is acceptable as violence is a violation of women’s fundamental human rights.

Ruxandra Diaconescu, YWCA of Romania addresses UN Sustainable Development Summit

On September 25, 2015, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of 17 bold new Global Goals, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed as a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world. The World YWCA participated in the UN Sustainable Development Summit and continues to advocate during the UNGA. The World YWCA was honoured to be asked to nominate a young woman to address the high-level Global Leaders Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action, during the official Sustainable Development Summit