Current World YWCA News
For over 19 years the YWCA Canada, as part of their commitment to end violence against women (VAW) and children, has been hosting the “Rose Campaign to End Violence against Women.”
The YWCA of Trinidad and Tobago (YWCATT), in collaboration with the United Nations System in Trinidad and Tobago, will commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign, which will be held from November 25 to December 10, 2010.
In 2007, Dr. Nadera Shalhoub Kevorkian, through World Vision and in coordination with the YWCA of Palestine, published the study “Facing the Wall: Palestinian Children and Adolescents Speak about the Israeli Separation Wall” which showcased the heavy price Palestinian adolescents have to face, both for being Palestinians and also for living in the shadow of the Wall. The recurring words of the Palestinian teenagers in that study were “divider”, “apartheid,” “snake,” “dangerous disease;” all of which were revolved around the symbolic as well as physical reality of the Wall; a nightmare creeping into the dreams of Palestinians.
Building upon the prayers that have been spoken for over 100 years staff, members, friends and well-wishers of the World YWCA and World Alliance of YMCAs gathered at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on November 15, 2010. Together they worshiped and opened the Week of Prayer and World Fellowship.
From November 15 – 17, 2010 the World YWCA has organised a reflection meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to evaluate the implementation of Universal Access for Women and Girls Now! (UA Now!)
In many part of the world, promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights especially healthy and pleasurable sex lives can be challenging when this conflicts cultural beliefs. A project run by the YWCA of Zambia affirmed that young people are affected by traditional cultures, misconceptions and denial of young people as rights holders. All of this impedes their ability to protect themselves against sexually transmitted infections especially HIV and unintended and early pregnancies.
Imagine not having access to clean water for your daily needs and having to walk many miles every day to fetch water. Unfortunately, this is the daily reality of many women and girls worldwide - but women from the YWCA of Kenya are now making clean water the new reality for the South Asembo District.
The YWCA of Myanmar celebrated young women’s leadership at the 35th Council Meeting and the 28th Biennial Conference on October 23-24, 2010. Approximately 70 participants, both from local YWCAs and the National YWCA, celebrated this remarkable day. This year the Conference highlighted the importance of investing in the leadership of young women and including them in the decision-making process. 2010 has been an exciting year for the YWCA of Myanmar, as they have achieved in having 25% of young women on their Board acting as policy makers and bringing with them new ideas, new challenges and new ambitions.
World YWCA Programme Director for Africa and the Middle East, Hendrica Okondo and a delegation of YWCA women from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi, Kenya and Sudan represented the YWCA movement and women of Africa at the launch of the African Women’s Decade 2010 – 2020, on October 15, 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Dr Lorraine Cole, former CEO of the YWCA USA, was appointed by President Obama as Vice-Chair of the President Advisory Council on Financial Capability.