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Announcement of AIDS 2010 Plenary speakers

The World YWCA is thrilled to share the 19 high-level speakers who will address an estimated 25,000 conference delegates in Vienna, July 18 – 23, 2010. The theme of AIDS 2010 Rights Here, Right Now selected by organisers will emphasise the critical connection between human rights and HIV.

Women and young women Re-energize Zimbabwe’s Global Political Agreement

“The coming together of Zimbabwean women across their diversities provides a new impetus and bridge for implementation of the Global Political Agreement.” — Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland; president & founding President of Realising Rights

Girls Building Bridges in the context of HIV and AIDS in Angola

In Angola, half the population is under 18 years of age. The youth of today are the future of the country, and training and information are therefore absolutely essential.

Breakfast, commemoration, and celebration across the globe 2010

On 24 April 2010, YWCA's worldwide celebrated World YWCA Day, most of them by holding the traditional YWCA “Round-the-World Breakfast” with members and friends. A much awaited yearly opportunity to celebrate women's leadership and the movement they are all so proud to be a part of.

World YWCA President celebrates World YWCA Day in Taiwan 2010

On 24 April 2010, Susan Brennan, President of the World YWCA, enthusiastically celebrated World YWCA Day in Taiwan with 200 local YWCA members.

World YWCA General Secretary speaks at Women's Funding Network Conference

On 22 April 2010, World YWCA General Secretary Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda was part of a panel which addressed over 100 women from around the world on leadership, during the Women’s Funding Network’s Annual Conference held in Denver, Colorado on the theme “Investment, Influence, Impact: Seizing the Moment”.

World YWCA Day – A day to celebrate, reflect and rejoice together! 2010

On 24 April 2010, a much awaited yearly tradition, which has been upheld since 1947, will once again take place: Through a variety of programs, YWCA's across the globe will unite for a common global goal by actively celebrating WORLD YWCA DAY. They will commemorate the history of the movement they are so proud of and reflect on this year's chosen theme “Women Creating a Safe World” (theme of World Council 2011).

Building leadership through the Power to Change Fund

The Power to Change Fund is a permanent fund of the World YWCA, that endows leadership development programs for women and girls worldwide. A number of exciting and empowering projects have been successfully developed since mid 2009, when the Fund policy began to allow direct grant-making to YWCA member associations. Two such projects are those carried out in Nepal and Ukraine.

European Young Women discuss what safety means to them

What does Safety means? And more precisely, what does it mean for young European women working or volunteering at the YWCA? Those were the questions that the participants at the European YWCAs Study Session, held April 11 to 18, 2010 in Budapest had to address. Facilitated by Marisa Ribordy, volunteer at the World YWCA in Geneva and member of the preparatory team of the Study Session, the session started with a creativity challenge as the participants had to draw their vision of safety. The drawings were then translated into words that were input on a brick wall, thus making a visual the participants could always refer to.

Nigerian Women in Black say "Enough is enough"

In March 2010, violent attacks occurred near the city of Jos in Nigeria that left hundreds of people dead, including many women and children, and forced thousands more to flee their homes. These acts of violence resulted from tensions between ethno-religious groups in the country. Joy Yakubu from the YWCA of Jos, World YWCA intern in 2007, shared with us her personal reflections on the situation in her country.