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The 26th African Union (AU) Summit

The  26th African Union (AU) Summit is scheduled to take place from 17th  to 30th  January 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under the theme: : “2016: African Year of Human Rights with particular focus on the Rights of Women”.  This builds up on the 2015 theme of “Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”. The World YWCA is participating with a delegation from the following YWCA member associations: Ethiopia, South Sudan, Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Merry Christmas, Peace and Joy for 2016

Good News, Great Joy and a Precious Gift

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Luke 2:10 KJV

 

World YWCA Board Communique

From 9 to 11 December, 2015 in Geneva, the new World YWCA Board held its first official meeting since being elected at World YWCA Council 2015.  During our three days together, we continued our Board orientation and confirmed the Board objectives for the quadrennium based on our Envisioning 2035 Goal and our Strategic Framework for the next four years. 

International Human Rights Day

World YWCA Statement

International Human Rights Day

ICASA 2015

The World YWCA is participating in this week's ICASA event. The International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) is a major international AIDS conference which takes place in Africa. Its current biennial hosting alternates between Anglophone and Francophone African countries. The 2015 ICASA is being held in Harare, Zimbabwe taking place from 29 November – 4 December. 

World Aids Day 2015

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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:-