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World YWCA calls for young people to remain on global health agenda at CoNGO Civil Society Development Forum
The World YWCA, through the Conference of Non-Governmental Organisations in consultative relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO) Committee of Youth organisations, participated in the Civil Society Development Forum (CSDF) from July 2 to 4 2009 at the International Labour Office in Geneva.
Young women from Wellington East Girls College in New Zealand will embark on the next step in their leadership journey during New Zealand Leadership Week. Ten young women involved in the YWCA of Wellington & Hutt Valley’s mentoring programme Discover™ have been given the chance to work on a practical leadership project to make a difference in their local community.
YWCAs throughout the movement are invited to participate in the YWCA of Palestine and the East Jerusalem YMCA Solidarity Witness Visit to Palestine from September 24 to October 2, 2009.
World YWCA President Susan Brennan celebrates 100 years of empowering women and girls at YWCA Penang, Malaysia
World YWCA President Susan Brennan joined YWCA women from across Malaysia who gathered in the island of Penang on June 12-13, 2009 to celebrate the centenary of YWCA Penang.
Dr. Carla Barnett is the new President of the YWCA of Belize. She was elected at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting on May 16, 2009.
World YWCA attends European Women’s Lobby Conference ‘50/50 – No Modern European Democracy without Gender Equality’
The World YWCA and European YWCAs have added their voices to the growing number of Europeans calling for no less than 50% women’s representation at the highest level of European politics.
World YWCA Fundraising Co-ordinator Lynn Sorrentino attended the UNDPA/UNFPA/WHO World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP): Meeting of the Policy and Coordination Committee (PCC) on June 18-19, 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Globally, women comprise about half of the 33.2 million people living with HIV. Women, especially young women are particularly vulnerable to HIV due to biological factors, inadequate knowledge about HIV and AIDS, insufficient access to prevention services, a general lower status in society and a lack of female-initiated/controlled HIV-prevention methods.
The YWCA USA has applauded President Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama’s new national service initiative, United We Serve, that calls on Americans to participate in community service and to make service a way of life to volunteer and improve their communities.
World YWCA General Secretary Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda will attend the 37th Annual National Council of the YWCA of Korea on June 23-24, 2009. With a membership of 90,000 women and young women, the YWCA of Korea is one of the leading women’s organisations in the country and Gumbonzvanda will have an opportunity to meet with the YWCAs key leadership including YWCA of Korea President Kyo Cha Kang.