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Overcoming stigma and discrimination

"Interactive Dialogue - Women of Faith Creating a Safer World: Addressing Stigma and Discrimination"

On Tuesday, July 20, 2010, women of faith active in the HIV and AIDS response gathered at the Multi-Faith Networking Zone within the Global Village at the International AIDS Conference, to discuss the issues of stigma and discrimination and how, as women of faith, they can work towards putting an end to this terrible reality. The interactive, intergenerational, conversation, consisting of a diverse panel of YWCA women from different regions, cultures and faith, as well as women living with HIV, was organised by the World YWCA and facilitated by Marie-Claude Julsaint, World YWCA Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean.

Thousands to march for Human Rights during AIDS 2010

On Tuesday July 20, 2010, the World YWCA delegation at the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010) joined between 9,000 and 20,000 activists in a Human Rights March through the streets of central Vienna.

Our Rights, Our Bodies! claim world YWCA young women at AIDS 2010

Young Women's Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Access to health care services, safe spaces to share and discuss, confidentiality, right to make choices, these were just some of the issues young women attending the International AIDS conference shared when asked the question “what SRHR issue is important to you at this point in your life?” The responses were given by participants of the Young Women’s Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights organised by the World YWCA on July 19, 2010.

Does the struggle for realising women's human rights still matter to young women?

An Intergenerational Conversation at AIDS 2010

On July 18, 2010, the World YWCA hosted the first of four sessions to take place at the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria. This session was co-moderated by Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, World YWCA General Secretary, and Liping Mian, World AIDS Campaign Youth Campaign Coordinator.

Where does faith stand in relation to HIV?

An interesting session took place on July 17, 2010 at the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, as part of the Multi-Faith Pre-Conference to the XVIII international AIDS conference. The theme was “Created by God”: Exploring human dignity, equality and human rights in the context of HIV".

”Together we can do more”

A Multi-Faith Pre-Conference took place prior to the XVIII International AIDS Conference on July 17 in Vienna, Austria. Centered on the theme ‘Rights Here, Right Now: What’s faith got to do with it?’, the one-day pre-conference allowed over 250 people from different faiths to explore the intersections between faith traditions and human rights.

Ready to make it happen!

This week young YWCA women joined other young people from over 90 countries to participate in the Vienna Youth Force AIDS 2010 Youth Pre-Conference. The Conference (July 14 – 16, 2010) is designed to equip young people attending the XVII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010) with the knowledge and skills to be able to get the most out of the main conference through their participation and presentations, advocating for human rights, health rights and harm reduction. The Conference also provides an opportunity for them to engage with high-level leaders to make commitments in the response to HIV, taking into consideration the needs of young people.

Welcome to the new World YWCA Council 2011 website

With just a year to go, the countdown to World Council 2011 and the International Women’s Summit (IWS) has begun and the World YWCA and the World Council 2011 host, YWCA-YMCA Switzerland (CEVI), are pleased to announce the launching of their new World Council website at

The YWCA of St Vincent has its own Granny!

Germaine Rose is a robust, young 80 year old lady, affectionately called “Granny Rose” by all those who know her - especially the many children she has been lovingly taking care of over the years. Still today you will find her every day at the YWCA Day Care centre on Mc Kies Hill in St Vincent – always with a smile on her face.