Current World YWCA News
As a state of emergency remains in Christchurch, New Zealand following a 7.1 earthquake that struck the region on Saturday morning, the YWCA of Christchurch has reported that all staff, board and members are well.
The World YWCA welcomes the launch of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law and the opportunity to serve in its Technical Advisory Committee. The World YWCA SRHR and HIV Coordinator, Sophie Dilmitis, has been invited to participate as part of the Technical Advisory Group which is an advisory body to the Commission providing both technical and strategic advice. "We hope that the Commission will take serious account of the punitive laws and practices that negatively impact on women's rights within the AIDS response. We know that violence is not our culture. The recently adopted Operational Plan on Women, Girls, Gender Equality and HIV should be instructive of the Commission in its work. Women in communities are seeking practical measures for a life that restores and affirms their dignity", stressed Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, World YWCA General Secretary.
Tuesday August 31, 2010 the staff of the World Office had the pleasure of meeting with Marie Assaad, a remarkable woman and long-time member of the YWCA, who has been involved in the women’s movement for many decades and continues to rally on to this day.
The city of Leon, Guanajuato, in Mexico, was the host of the World Youth Conference 2010 from August 23 to 27, 2010. The conference organised by the Government of Mexico through the Mexican Youth Institute (IMJUVE) was divided into two forums, the social forum, which included the NGO meeting, and the Global interactive forum and the Government forum. The international meeting brought together young people from over 153 countries. The main goal was to provide a space for analysis and exchange to strengthen ties of cooperation between government agencies and NGOs and to establish priorities for action on the issue of youth. Andrea Núñez Argote, President of the YWCA Naucalpan, Mexico represented the World YWCA at the event and was the young voice of the movement for the five-day conference. She gives her report:
The first ever women owned radio station was introduced in Liberia. Liberian Women Democracy Radio (LWDR FM 91.1), which was launched on August 5, 2010 by Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia, in the Mudhole community, is the second women’s radio station in Africa and the fourth in the world. Welcoming the initiative is the YWCA of Liberia as one of the implementing agencies together with the Liberia Women Media Action Committee. Recognised as one of the oldest women's organisations in the country, the YWCA of Liberia is happy with this new development in women advancement.
Ann Drummond, World YWCA volunteer and member of the YWCA of Australia, recently had the opportunity to visit the YWCA of China, namely the associations in Beijing and Shanghai. During her visit she had the chance to learn about the association and their work and she shares with us what she has learnt.
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) hosted the 11th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women in Noumea, New Caledonia, from August 16 - 20, 2010. 22 countries of the Pacific participated and the theme of the conference was “Progress and prospects: National level implementation of the Pacific and Beijing Platforms for Action”. 140 Government Ministers and representatives, development partners and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) attended the meeting. The Triennial called for a regional strategy on women’s health and provided the Pacific Island region with the opportunity to take a closer look at the progress they have made on implementing the Beijing Platform of Action (BPA) as well as the Pacific Platform for Action (PPA), which is a regional gender commitment.
“The way to a world without nuclear weapons is a tough one, but with the help and understanding by the people all over the world, we will be able to lead the way to world peace.” Those were the words of Koharu Usui a young woman who was part of the 15-member group of Nagasaki Peace Messengers that visited the World YWCA on Wednesday August 18, 2010.
The World YWCA stands in solidarity with the people of Pakistan as they cope with the mass flooding that has afflicted their country since July 2010.