Current World YWCA News
The World Conference on Youth which took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka officially closed on the 10th of May, 2014. The conference gathered thousands of participants from across the world to discuss key issues and topics in relation to young people. Through workshop discussions and roundtables, facilitators and rapporteurs were able to capture the solutions and ideas of young people, to the present problems that continue to stifle the progress of achieving the MDGs.
Geneva, May 8, 2014: The World YWCA joins the YWCA of Nigeria and the rest of the world in calling for urgent and immediate safe return of the 276 girls kidnapped from a state school in the town of Chibok by armed and uniformed men on April 15.
The World Conference on Youth (WCY2014) is currently taking place from the 6-10 May, 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The World YWCA is participating as an official invited youth led organisation and also has delegates attending from the YWCAs of Sri Lanka, Iceland and Nigeria. The conference theme is 'Mainstreaming Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda'. Within this the conference will address the following issues: Achieving Good Governance & Accountability; Inclusive Youth Participation at All Levels; Youth Rights; Globalisation/ Inclusive Youth-Led Development; Ending Systemic Inequalities; Gender Equality and Empowering Marginalised Youth Including Most at Risk Young People.
This April 2014 marked an historical moment for the YWCA of Grenada as the association celebrated its 125th year Anniversary! The YWCA of Grenada is the oldest YWCA in the Caribbean it was founded in 1889 and Miss Lottie Wells of Scott Street, St. George’s was the first President. In early years members met in their respective homes and activities consisted of Bible study among the members and Sunday school for children. In 1959, the Association was affiliated to the World YWCA and in 1989 the YWCA of Grenada celebrated its 100th (Centennial) Anniversary which was attended by the then World YWCA President Mrs. Jewel Graham and representatives from the Caribbean Associations.
World YWCA General Secretary, Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, is currently part of a high level delegation of faith leaders, co-initiated by ACT Alliance, that will bring together church leaders and government officials from South Sudan, in the aftermath of the killings in churches, mosques and United Nations bases that has left hundreds of people dead and has prompted fears that the four-month conflict could escalate.
All around the world YWCAs came together on April 24 to celebrate World YWCA Day. From Argentina to Madagascar, from India to Taiwan, YWCA members explored what it meant to be a bold and transformative leader and envisioned a future for our movement.
The World YWCA Power to Change fund deadline is fast approaching! Do you have a great idea for a project but lack the funding to make it happen? Then apply to the Power to Change Fund today. This Wednesday 30 April, 2014, is the closing day for ALL applications as there is only one round of applications for 2014.
Today is World YWCA Day – Happy World YWCA Day!
April 24th is a special day in the World YWCA movement. It is the day we come together to celebrate the work and the women of the YWCA. This year we are celebrating our movement under the theme “Bold and Transformative Leadership Towards 2035”.
World YWCA Day is one week away. As you prepare to celebrate this special day and the positive change that we bring to our communities please take the time to listen to a video message from Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary of the World YWCA.