Current World YWCA News
YWCA Guyana’s General Secretary Glynis Alonzo-Beaton was part of a panel discussion at the CSW 2010 on March 9 about the negative effect that guns have on girls and women in settings of endemic violence.
Female and male condoms are the only dual protection methods that prevent HIV, STIs and unintended pregnancy. World YWCA Communications Coordinator Sarah Davies, along with other civil society male and female advocates, discussed the issues of expanding access to female and male condoms through advocacy and programming at the 54th CSW in New York City on March 9, 2010.
Walking into the Global Action on Aging Office on March 2, 2010 I get a warm greeting from the facilitators Bonnie Fatio and Arda Aghazarian. The office space is beautiful with silk hangings on the wall and large windows. From the front you can see a spectacular view of the UN building and the river.
On Thursday March 4, 2010 at the CSW, Women Arise was officially launched, an initiative to ensure that “all women and women’s issues are central and visible in the objectives and programme” of the next AIDS Conference in Vienna in July 2010 and future conferences. With AIDS now the leading cause of death among women of childbearing age worldwide, the need to incorporate gender dimensions into research, education, and advocacy on HIV and AIDS is more urgent than ever.
The United Nations has appointed a group of independent experts to advise on ways to better protect women in conflict situations, and to ensure that their voices are heard in peace processes and that they are included in post-conflict reconstruction and governance structures.
Three YWCA leaders from Palestine, Sudan and Sri Lanka briefed CSW participants on the status of conflict situations in their countries underlining the role of YWCAs in strengthening their communities’ capacities for peacemaking on March 5, 2010.
The World YWCA staff attended the World Day of Prayer service at the chapel of the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, on March 5th, 2010. The World Day of Prayer, celebrated annually on the first Friday in March is a Christian worldwide movement of women and men of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer. Each year the World Day of Prayer focuses on a theme and a country. This year, women from Cameroon invited us to come with them in confidence "to the land of promise, land of glory" and called with the Psalmist "Let everything that breath praise God." (Psalm 150)
On International Women’s Day, ecumenical leaders have urged churches to work to end violence against women in its many form across the world.
Women and young women from all corners of the globe came to participate in ‘An intergenerational conversation on HIV, Universal Access and Reproductive Health and Violence Against Women’ held by the World YWCA at the 54th CSW in New York City on March 5, 2010.
World YWCA Statement on International Women's Day 2010
“Some young women understand that violence against women is unacceptable, but many others are financially reliant on the men who abuse them." This revealing comment was just one of many heard from women and young women participants of the World YWCA Regional Training Institutes held in 2009 on ‘Women Creating a Safe World’.