Current World YWCA News
The 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, Switzerland is taking place from 27 May to 14 June 2013. The 5th of June, 2013 marked the Annual Day of Discussion on Women’s Human Rights at the HRC, this provides an open forum for countries and NGOs to voice their concerns and support for women’s human rights and proposed resolutions.
On Friday, June 31, 2013, during the 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland a side event titled- Violence against Women and the Human Right to Peace was held. Christina Papazoglou of the World Council of Churches moderated the panel. The panellists included: Lois Herman, Women's UN Report Network, Professor Carlos Villan Duran, Spanish Society of International Human Rights Law, Marie-Claude Julsaint, World YWCA, Janine Moussa, Due Diligence Project and Jussi Ojala, Finland Church Aid. Panellists discussed the draft Universal Declaration on the Right to Peace.
On Monday 3 June 2013, a side event was held at the 23rd Session of the Human Rights Council that focussed on the issue of violence against women and legal frameworks for global action and accountability. The event was co-sponsored by the Women's UN Report Network (WUNRN), World YWCA, FOKUS, Due Diligence Project and Oxfam.
Women Deliver Conference 2013, recently took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from the 28th-30th of May. Launched in 2007, Women Deliver works globally to generate political commitment and financial investment for fulfilling Millennium Development Goal #5—to reduce maternal mortality and achieve universal access to reproductive health.
The twenty-third session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) officially opened on the 27th of May, 2013 at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The World YWCA is playing an active role during the HRC, continually reporting, advocating, holding and co-sponsoring various side events, participating in formal and informal discussions and negotiations on the draft resolution on sexual violence, as well as leading in the women’s rights caucus meetings organised by the NGO CSW Geneva.
The International Leadership Institute for Young Women Concludes
The World YWCA joins with our partners, Girls Not Brides, in welcoming the inclusion of ending early marriage in the High-Level Panel Report. The Panel’s recommendation that the post-2015 development agenda include a goal to “Empower Girls and Women and Achieve Gender Equality” – and that progress on this goal is measured by achieving an end to child marriage – is a bold and crucial effort to address global poverty and improve the welfare of girls and women worldwide.
Don’t miss the World YWCA at the 23rd session of the Human Rights Council from May 27 to June 14, 2013
Prior to the 21st Ordinary Session of the Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 26-27 May, the Gender is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) network, held a Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in the African Union on 20-21 May. This meeting marked the 10th GIMAC anniversary.
The 23rd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) is being held in Geneva from 27 May to 14 June 2013. The agenda includes the annual day of discussion on women’s human rights and the adoption of a resolution on rape and other forms of sexual violence led by Canada. The World YWCA will be following and reporting throughout the 23rd session, as well as organising and facilitating side events at the Council.