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The YWCA of Egypt welcomes the Middle Eastern RTI Participants

Egyptians are known to refer to their country as "Masr Oum ElDounia ", "Egypt Mother of the World" as a way to honour the land they hold so dear, sometimes drawing polite smiles from foreigners who might not be used to such declarations of love towards one's country. Whether you agree or not, this upcoming week, Egypt might not be the mother of the world, but it'll no doubt be the centre of attention for YWCA women throughout the world as the Middle East Regional Training Institute (RTI) kicks off.

Middle Eastern young women ready to advance women’s human rights

It’s only a matter of days before the Middle East Regional Training Institute to be held from May 27 – June 1, 2010 in Cairo Egypt. As the excitement builds up for the Training Institute fifteen young women from the region are eagerly counting down the days till they can come together for the Young Women’s Leadership Dialogue (YWLD). The Young women from Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, and Palestine will gather on Friday May 28, 2010 to discuss and share in light of the theme: “Middle Eastern Women Creating Safe and Secure Communities: Responding to Violence Against Women and Raising Awareness on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and HIV”.

Women in Benin benefit from Health and Food Assistance

Since 2003, the World YWCA has been financing HIV and AIDS awareness programmes in Benin. These projects led the YWCA of Benin to better understand the principle needs of women living with HIV: medicines, health education, food and an understanding of their rights. It was also noted that few people helped with the schooling or professional training of children orphaned by AIDS.

World YWCA Young Women's Internship Programme 2011

Have you applied for the World YWCA Young Women's Internship Programme 2011? With only a few weeks to go until the application deadline of August 31, 2011, young women leaders of the YWCA movement have an opportunity to participate in the internship programme which have a strong emphasis on advocacy, communication and young women’s leadership. As 2011 is a World Council year, the World YWCA interns 2011 will be very involved in the organisation of this special event.

Middle Eastern Women Creating Safe and Secure Communities

Four YWCA member associations from the Middle East; Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Palestine will gather in Cairo, Egypt, from May 27 - June 1, 2010 for the Middle East Regional Training Institute, guided by the theme "Middle Eastern Women Creating Safe and Secure Communities" Responding to Violence Against Women and Raising Awareness on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and HIV and AIDS.

"You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes."

Have you ever seen men in high heels? It's quite a sight!

In 2001, Frank Baird came up with the original idea of “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” - an International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence. The idea was to create a “united gender movement” where men would be a part of the solution to ending sexual violence. Baird wanted to inform the world that men could make a difference by making valuable contributions to stopping this form of violence.

Gender equality discussed in Lubljana, Slovenia

"In Mexico, if you kill a neighbor’s cow, the sentence is higher than if you kill your wife as a result of jealousy, because jealousy is a mitigating circumstance," Maria de los Angeles Corte Rios, General Director of the Center for the advancement of women and gender equality.

YWCA of Honduras strategise their way forward

The World YWCA had the pleasure of greeting Ms. Valeria Arriaga of the YWCA of Honduras in its offices in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 5, 2010, and learning more about the YWCA of Honduras.

More inspiring stories of World YWCA Day 2010 celebrations across the globe

Solomon Islands YWCA raises over $2000

On, April 23, 2010, the Solomon Islands YWCA celebrated World YWCA Day around this year’s theme ‘Women Creating a Safe World’.

Time for commitment is over, time for action now!

Angèle Biao Kolouchè, National President of the YWCA of Benin, represented the World YWCA at the Civil Society Experts Consultation on Maternal, Child and Infant Health and Sexual and Reproductive Health in Africa (CSO) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on April 17-18, 2010.