Current World YWCA News
'' In the YWCA movement, we believe all women are entitled to safety and security regardless of our differences,'' said World YWCA President Susan Brennan as she opened the World YWCA Board meeting currently being held in Geneva, Switzerland from October 5 – 9, 2009.
World YWCA stands in solidarity and support with YWCAs of Pacific and Asia in aftermath of natural disasters
As the Pacific Islands of Samoa and America Samoa begin to rebuild their communities and lives in the aftermath of the devastating tsunami, the World YWCA extends its condolences to all those who have been affected by the disaster.
World YWCA applauds UN Security Council Resolution to Protect Women and Girls from Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict
As an organisation committed to creating safe and secure communities for women young women and girls, the World YWCA welcomes the United Nations Security Resolution 1888 (2009) that specifically mandates peacekeeping missions to protect women and children from rampant sexual violence during armed conflict. The resolution also requests the Secretary-General to appoint a special representative to coordinate a range of mechanisms to fight the crime.
Six days a week, a group of four and five year old children make their way to the YWCA kindergarten in the middle of Jalazoune. The children hang their colourful backpacks on hooks pegged low enough for them to reach. The facing wall is lined with little red plastic mugs for their juice at break time. They learn their alphabet, sing songs and play in the playground. It appears to be a regular kindergarten—but in reality, the children face a bleak future. Jalazoune is a refugee camp in the occupied Palestinian territories and the children and their parents live a harsh and isolated life.
As the death toll continues to rise from widespread flooding in Manila, the YWCA movement stands in solidarity and support with the YWCA of Philippines. Recent news reports state at least 100 people have died after the country witnessed the worst flooding seen in the Philippines in decades. The death toll is expected to rise and the country is calling for international aid as more storms are forecast in the next few days.
Witness Visit to YWCAs and YMCAs in the occupied Palestinian territories opens with expressions of hope
“Dare to see and hear the unfamiliar,” Alba Nassir, President of the YWCA of Palestine, said to an international delegation from the YWCA and YMCA movements visiting the occupied Palestine territories. The YWCA of Palestine and YMCA of East Jerusalem are hosting representatives from the two movements in a weeklong Witness Visit that will introduce the delegation to YWCA and YMCA programmes and invites them to witness the impact the occupation has on their communities.
For over a century the YWCA and YMCA movements have issued a joint call to prayer in the second week of November as an important reminder of the spiritual vision to create a better world for all people. This year, the theme ‘Striving for Global Citizenship for All’ presents an opportunity for reflection on what makes good citizens, and how our contribution as individuals and a movement can create a safe and secure world.
On September 14 2009, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a crucial resolution on gender equality and women's rights. This resolution gives the go-ahead for the creation of a new United Nations agency that will be promoting women’s rights all over the world.
Continue to invest in human rights, says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights at opening of 12th session of the Human Rights Council
As the 12th session of the Human Rights Council gets underway from September 14 to October 2 2009 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay will update the Council on the state of human rights in the past 12 months. Releasing her official statement prior to the opening, Pillay focuses on several specific overarching issues that ‘affect many States and that form the roots of chronic human rights conditions as well as emergencies.’
Young women are one of the most powerful driving forces to overcome HIV and AIDS. Time and again, we have seen that the health and wellbeing of young women are at the centre of building strong and thriving communities. Yet, many young women remain unprotected, vulnerable, unduly affected and at risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV, simply because they are young and women.