Current World YWCA News
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.
At the end of the Regional Training Institute (RTI) 21 YWCAs from Europe committed themselves to address, both collectively and individually, the issues of Violence against Women (VAW), Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and HIV and AIDS.
On the second day of the Regional Training Institute in Tallinn, Estonia, an honest and open discussion around the issues of HIV and AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) was held.
The YWCA Regional Training Institute for Europe began on Wednesday 20, October 2010. The Training, which takes place in Tallinn, Estonia, and continues until October 22, will provide an opportunity for YWCAs from Europe to discuss how they can create safe and secure communities.
The YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand and the YWCA of Solomon Islands partnered for the New Zealand Family Planning Conference on Positive Sexual Health held on October 15-17 to share the Pacific YWCAs ‘Our Rights, Our Bodies’ workshop. The workshop built the capacity and knowledge of young women to provide leadership on sexual and reproductive health (SRHR), HIV and violence against women (VAW) in their communities.
World YWCA prepares for European Regional Training Institute: "European Women Creating Safe and Secure Communities"
In the build-up to World Council 2011 and the International Women's Summit to be held in Zurich Switzerland, 20 YWCAs from the European region will participate in the upcoming European Regional Training Institute. Hosted by the YWCA - YMCA of Estonia, the RTI for Europe will take place from October 20 - 22, 2010 under the theme "European Women Creating Safe and Secure Communities."