Current World YWCA News
Time to sign up for YWCA of Japan’s Annual Programme
From August 15 to 19, 2010, the YWCA of Japan will once again host this exceptional and moving event, which they have been organising for some 40 years, and which is a part of the country’s heritage.
Overcoming Obstacles was the theme of the YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand (A/NZ) Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Napier, Hawke’s Bay on May 1-2, 2010 and all women and young women participants rose to the occasion.
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.
“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
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.
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.
On 24 April 2010, Susan Brennan, President of the World YWCA, enthusiastically celebrated World YWCA Day in Taiwan with 200 local YWCA members.
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”.
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).
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.