Current World YWCA News
In light of the tragic disappearance of the three Israeli teenage settlers living in the West Bank, Palestine, the YWCA of Palestine has issued an action alert condemning the alleged kidnappings and calling for the immediate end of the brutal Israeli siege of the West Bank and Gaza. The World YWCA stands in solidarity with the YWCA of Palestine and calls for peace and an end to the on-going violence.
On June 18, 2014 the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon visited the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to hold a dialogue with young people on the importance of investing in quality jobs for young people. The World YWCA was invited to participate in the discussion and four young women attended.
The 23rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) will be held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea from 20th to 27th June 2014 under the theme: “2014 Year of Agriculture and Food Security, Marking 10th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)”.
The 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council opened this week Tuesday 10 June, 2014 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. During her opening statement Ms. Navanethem Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Right, noted the continued gender based discrimination and violence suffered by women and girls all over the world. Ms. Pillay also drew attention to the creation of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), some 20 years ago.
In a weeklong dynamic and challenging leadership training in Myanmar, young women and women of the YWCA are heading home with bold and transformative approaches to intergenerational leadership. From the 2-8 June, Yangon in Myanmar was home from women of the YWCAs of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Solomon Islands, Thailand, India and Nepal. During the week, many friends were made, and so were plans on how to change the world for women and young women.
Today marks the opening of the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC26) it will take place from the 10 -27 June, 2014 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
At the invitation of UN Women, Tiffany Rodrigez from the YWCA of Queens, New York, participated in Beijing +20:What? An Interactive Dialogue with Young People about Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the Post 2015 Context. As part of the UN ECOSOC Youth Forum and activities planned around highlighting the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, eight young women representatives from girl-focused civil society organisations, came together for a conversation with the Executive Director of UN Women, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka. Each young woman highlighted a key area of action and gave her own perspective on the challenges that continue to hold women, young women and girls back from full equality.
Song, dance and poetry featured highly on day one of Her Future: Intergenerational Approaches to Bold and Transformative Leadership in Yangon, Myanmar. The training is hosted by the World YWCA and the YWCA of Myanmar in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs Australia (DFAT) formerly known as AusAid. The training is part of a larger World YWCA programme supported by DFAT across the Asia and Pacific regions which aims to mobilise young women’s leadership and advocacy within their local communities.
World YWCA General Secretary Named Goodwill Ambassador of the AU Campaign to End Child Marriage in Africa
In an effort to provide a bright future for millions of young women and girls, the African Union has launched the first-ever Campaign to End Child Marriage in Africa on May 29, 2014 in Addis Ababa. The two-year campaign is organised in partnership with UNICEF and UNFPA, and it brings together a large range of partners including the Ford Foundation, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Save the Children, Plan International, Africa Child Policy Forum (ACPF) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, World YWCA General Secretary, was named AU Goodwill Ambassador by the Commissioner for Social Development during the Ministerial Meeting.