Current World YWCA News
With its team of 24 women from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the Caribbean, including 12 young women and 5 women living with HIV, the World YWCA plans to let it’s voice be heard at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria
YWCA members of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) celebrated with Kala Moore, 17 year old, Y-Teen member who was the winner of a $1000 essay scholarship grant. The scholarship was part of the 4th Annual Women’s and Girls Health Mentorship Day and the 11th annual National Women’s Health Week, coordinated by the Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The main aim of the Health week was to bring awareness about women’s health issues and also to provide women with information on how they can live longer, healthier, and most importantly, happier lives. The youth aspect of the program was designed for students interested in a career in the health field who will return to the Virgin Islands to serve the community after obtaining a degree in this area.
On 8 June 2010, Ms. Hendrica Okondo, Programme Director for Africa and Middle East at the World YWCA, attended a panel discussion on a theme of particular concern to the World YWCA: the ”Reparations for Women Subjected to Violence”, as part of the Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its Causes and Consequences, Ms Rashida Manjoo.
The high rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), unwanted pregnancies, abortion, and maternal death observed in the country by the YWCA of Peru national office, led the association to conclude that there was a serious need to educate these women on their sexual and reproductive health requirements and rights, and to make them aware of the female condom as a safe solution to help resolve some of these issues.
The World YWCA this week participated in the International Advocacy Non-Governmental Organisations (IANGO) workshop, which took place from June 6 – 8, 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland. The workshop, which brought together CEOs and senior management staff of international NGO alliances and civil society networks, especially those related to advocacy, main aim, was to share knowledge, discuss issues and collectively confront challenges and shape institutional arrangements.
“Giving Voice to the Victims and Survivors of Trafficking” was the theme and the main objective behind the “Panel on Trafficking in Persons, especially women, and children and the victims”, that met on June 2, 2010 during the 14th session of the Human Rights Council (HCR). World YWCA intern Kuena Diaho was present at the event and gives her report:
Hosted by the YWCA of Egypt, in partnership with the World YWCA, and held in the bustling city of Cairo, Egypt, from May 27 – June 1, 2010, the YWCA’s Middle East Regional Training Institute (RTI) was organised around a complex theme of much concern to all those participating: “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”.
To celebrate this memorable anniversary in style, a “High Tea” hosted by the Patron of YWCA Aotearoa/New Zealand - Her Excellency Lady Susan Satyan and, wife of the Governor-General, was held at Government House on Thursday, June 3, 2010. Leading ladies of Auckland attended and heard about the YWCAs current activities. They also had the opportunity to reminisce about the rich and colourful history of the association.
From May 27 to June 1, 2010, the World YWCA held its Middle East Regional Training Institute (RTI) in Cairo, Egypt. During the meeting, and after hearing of the disconcerting current occurrences in the region, the participants from the YWCAs of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine, came together to put forth the following common statement expressing their concerns:
Following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti, the YWCA of Haiti has been dead set on assisting with the recovery efforts and providing a safe space for the women and children of their country to help them get through the trying times. Four months later they were able achieve this goal with the support of the World YWCA, YWCA member associations, CREATIS a decorative art school in Petion-Ville, Haiti and Population Services International (PSI) Haiti.