Current World YWCA News
The International Training Institute on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV (ITI) in Arusha, Tanzania, started on Monday 17th March, 2014. The conference is hosting over 80 women, young women and selected young women champions from the all around the world. From the Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka to Togo, Democratic Republic of Congo, to Zambia, they have come together to discuss, debate and redefine the World YWCA Global Agenda for Action on Securing Action on SRHR and HIV.
The World YWCA is currently engaged in the 58th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) with a delegation of over 80 participants from 20 different countries. Through the collective efforts of the delegation the YWCA movement is advocating diligently to demand, claim and ensure that the new development agenda be inclusive of the voices of the world’s young women, among those most vulnerable to poverty, hunger and poor health outcomes.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family, Marie-Claude Julsaint, World YWCA Global Programme Manager for Violence Against Women, was invited to speak at “The Role of the Family in Alleviating Poverty,” a side event during the on-going 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council.
The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is currently taking place at the UN headquarters in New York, USA. CSW is addressing challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and girls.
Once again the World YWCA took the centre stage in advocating against child, early and forced marriage (CEFM). On March 7, during the 25th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the World YWCA organised a side event - “Child, Early and Forced Marriage: A Human Rights Violation that CAN End in a Single Generation”, to discuss CEFM and to define it as a human rights violation.
On Tuesday 11, 2014 during the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the World YWCA hosted a ‘Intergenerational Faith and Culture Dialogue on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV, and Ending Child, Early and Forced Marriage in a Single Generation”. The dialogue moderated by Hendrica Okondo, World YWCA Global Manager for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) was hosted in partnership with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the World Council of Churches, Norwegian Church Aid, Asia Pacific Resource Centre for Women (ARROW) and Christian Aid.
On the first day of the fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women which is taking place in New York from March 10 to 21, 2014, it seems fitting that one of the first side events hosted at the United Nations would be an in-depth panel discussion on sexism and gender inequality.
On 7th March 2014, as part of the Official United Nations International Women’s Day celebrations UN Women held a high level panel featuring UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon, Former US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, and President of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, John W. Ashe, UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and Vice President of the World YWCA Board, Andrea Núñez. The World YWCA was invited to speak as the only civil society representative and in turn the voice of young women worldwide. Ms. Núñez spoke passionately on behalf of women, young women and girls everywhere highlighting the importance of access to sexual reproductive health services and rights education.
Today, marks the official opening of the fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held annually in New York, USA at the United Nations headquarters. CSW is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it was established by Council resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946. The World YWCA was in fact instrumental in lobbying for the creation of CSW as early as 1925 and has a rich history of pioneering women’s rights both during the League of Nations and the beginnings of the UN up to present day.
“Equality for women is progress for all”
On March 8, thousands of women will gather in their communities to celebrate International Women’s Day. March 8th is a day of recognition to all women who have pushed for their rights and contributed to great achievements over the past decades thanks to their determination and courage.