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Women who fight the odds

As part of a mission to Zimbabwe, Ms. Hendrica Okondo, Programme Director for Africa and Middle East at the World YWCA, visited a number of local YWCAs and met with several young women living with HIV.

Young women “rise up” in the Solomon Islands

Established in the 1970s, the YWCA of the Solomon Islands assists women to become leaders of change by fully using their potential and living fulfilled lives. The association offers programmes addressing issues such as leadership, human rights and sexual and reproductive health rights.

World YWCA celebrates adoption of new UN Gender Entity

UN Women is born and it is time for women worldwide to celebrate!

From little things big things grow: Women leading change

At the World YWCA’s International Women’s Summit on HIV and AIDS in July 2007, the Women Leading Change Awards recognised the outstanding leadership of 14 community women on HIV and AIDS; Three years later, we explore how the award has impacted on the lives of two recipients.

Lady Trailblazer

A true lady trailblazer, Carol Baldi started working on Wall Street in the 1950’s when women were refused access to prestigious clubs. Through it all, Carol began her own investment advisory firm, and in the last 20 years pioneered investment in Brazil when it was barely on the map for U.S. and European investors.

“Like Your Body” says YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand

"Fashion is a mirror and many teenagers imitate what they see on the catwalk," Spanish Regional Official, Concha Guerra

The controversy over very skinny models has been in the forefront for several years and the fashion industry is frequently under fire for contributing to eating disorders, which sometimes end tragically. This issue is inevitably also of concern to the women’s organisations which supports women’s rights, health and leadership, such as the YWCA.

Comprehensive Prevention for a Safer World

In a world where the spread of HIV and violence intersect, and where women and girls are disproportionately affected, a comprehensive approach to prevention is urgently needed. Central to this is the creation of safe spaces where women and girls can make choices about their sexual and reproductive health and live free from violence, stigma and discrimination. In this article, World YWCA Deputy General Secretary, Natalie Fisher-Spalton explores the idea of comprehensive prevention for a safer world.

Open Letter to G8 Leaders

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary of the World YWCA, joined a number of renowned actors in the realm of human rights, including Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan, Mary Robinson, President, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization, singer Annie Lennox and actress Scarlett Johansson, in addressing an open letter to G8 leaders meeting in Canada later this week urging them to fulfil the promises made to poor countries in 2005

Musings on my visit with YWCA Bangalore

This was my very first visit to India and to the YWCA of India!

In the hotel lobby, I was met by two confident women dressed in elegant sarees - Agnes the YWCA President and Sarah the Board member. We had never met, but greeted each other like long lost friends. For my visit, I wanted to wear the stunning saree acquired that afternoon, but quickly realized that I had simply forgotten the art of wrapping myself in this garment. My alternative was an Ethiopian embroidered frock - my own saree!

World YWCA to have a strong presence at AIDS 2010

With its team of 24 women from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the Caribbean, including 12 young women and 5 women living with HIV, the World YWCA plans to let it’s voice be heard at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria