Current World YWCA News
2013 is the International Year of Water Cooperation, and World Water Week 1-6th September encourages us reflect on what water means to women around the world. In Sri Lanka the infamous Weliweriya incident which took place August 1, 2013 reminds us of the scarcity of water. In response the YWCA of Sri Lanka conducted a water security workshop.
Call for Action for Peace and Justice for the Middle East, issued by the Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI), on behalf of the two organizations: East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA of Palestine:
Mentoring is an integral part of leadership development across the YWCA movement. In this regard the World YWCA strives to support and encourage mentoring through various advocacy activities and trainings. The World YWCA equips young women for the challenges of leadership through internships and leadership training opportunities at regional and global events.
The Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI) is a joint programme of East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA of Palestine, it works for Peace with Justice in Palestine, based on Humanitarian and Christian Values, by mobilising the world movements of the YMCA and YWCA, churches, church-based organisations, UN agencies, and other relevant organisations to influence decision-makers and prompt actions that contribute to end Israeli occupation and all its violations of International Law. As part of the initiative JAI annually hosts the Journey for Justice programme which provides young leaders with the opportunity to witness and accompany Palestinian youth in their daily life.
Every year, consistently and enthusiastically the Peace Messengers from Japan visit Geneva to share the experiences of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on the commemoration of the dual atrocity faced by their nation 68 years ago.
Mobilising Young Women’s Leadership and Advocacy in Asia and the Pacific is a multi-year initiative managed by the World YWCA with funding from AusAID. The goal of the initiative is to contribute to a critical mass of young women leaders across the Asia Pacific region. Phase 1 of the project (2012-2013) was implemented in 11 Asia Pacific countries and built the capacity of at least 580 young women to become leaders and human rights advocates in their communities.
It is true that in today’s world, or, more precisely, in society at large, youth have been that crucial tipping point for change. Young people have often been both the initiators and sustainers of freedom and civil rights movements, whether in India, South Africa, Germany, Liberia, the USA or many other countries. These movements were founded on the passion of a, sometimes considered infamous age group that is very often denied recognition for their actions until much later.
In the Solomon Islands, women’s progress towards equal representation in leadership positions is painstakingly slow. At a community level, the potential of young women to bring about positive change is rarely acknowledged. Without a voice in the decisions that affect their lives, widespread abuse of young women’s human rights, including physical and sexual violence, are common. With this in mind, the YWCA of Solomon Islands developed the Rise Up! Young Women’s Leadership Programme, which teaches young women how they can become leaders, transform their communities and claim their rights.