Current World YWCA News
Ms. Marilyn Rice- Bowen President of the YWCA of Barbados was invited to the Caribbean launch of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General campaign “UNiTE to End Violence against Women” from October 11-12, 2010 in Barbados.
During the Week without Violence YWCAs around the world are encouraging their communities to think and act towards a world without violence, and reflect on how women can create this safe world.
Imagine a week without violence. Imagine a world without war. Imagine that rape and domestic abuse are a thing of the past. Imagine women walking the streets at night without fear. Imagine a world without guns and bombs. Dare to imagine…
On September 18, 2010, World YWCA partner organisation Horyzon, of Olten Switzerland, participated with the World YWCA on a run/walk event that helped to benefit the World YWCA Power to Change Fund as well as a local Horyzon project in the Olten area. The run had 241 participants, including four staff members of the World YWCA and the 2010 World YWCA interns, Ravicka Phillip and Kuena Diaho. In total, over 3,300 kilometres were walked and/or run in 2 hours and nearly CHF 35,000 was raised by the runners/walkers. The World YWCA Power to Change Fund will receive a portion of the funds raised.
World YWCA volunteer, Elizabeth Nash, attended the recent UN Summit in New York and represented the World YWCA in advocating for Women’s Leadership in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Being from Geneva and not knowing many representatives, Elizabeth said that she “needed a means to readily connect with others. I found the perfect solution in a simple pink scarf… a YWCA pink scarf with a bit of history.” The pink scarves were used to make the YWCA more visible at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), and they were donated by the YWCA of Taiwan. Last March, during the CSW's Women’s intergenerational side event hosted by the World YWCA, such global figures as Mary Robinson (former High Commissioner for Human Rights) and Thoraya Obaid (UNFPA Executive Director) among many others, were enveloped in silk pinkness, immediately recognisable to all. The power of pink is no small force; this time, from the UN security guards to the BBC’s Zeinab Badawi, the pink scarf opened many unexpected doors.
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The World YWCA Board, representing women leaders from all regions of the world, came together from September 26 to October 1st 2010 for their annual meeting. With the World Council of the YWCA movement fast approaching, they deliberated extensively on the strategic directions of the World YWCA.
The General Secretary of the YWCA of Zimbabwe, Sheila Matindike, was in Geneva to attend the 15th Session of the Human Rights Council. She was one of the participants at the side session which commemorated the 10th Anniversary of the Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325.
2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325 on women, peace and security. As part of the commemoration of the SCR 1325, a High level Consultation was held in Geneva, Switzerland from September 15 – 16, 2010. Among the participants of the meeting was Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, World YWCA General Secretary.
The 15th Session of the Human Rights Council is meeting in Geneva, Switzerland from September 13 - October 1. The United Nation’s Human Rights Council meets twice a year to discuss thematic human rights issues and evaluate member states on their human rights obligations. As the World YWCA is deeply committed to the full and equal enjoyment of human rights by women and girls, the Human Rights Council (HRC) is an important platform for its advocacy.
On Friday 27 August, the new YWCA Kindergarten was officially opened in front of a large crowd of parents, teachers, children and special guests including the World YWCA Asia-Pacific Director, Ms Juli Dugdale and the Director of Early Childhood Education, Ms Bernadine Ha'amori.