Current World YWCA News
In August, representatives from the YWCAs of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Ethiopia and the World YWCA Office in Geneva, attended a two-day orientation and planning workshop called “Giving Hope - Youth Caregivers’ Empowerment Methodology” at the YWCA of Rwanda.
Tuesday September 13, 2010 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to head UN Women, the new UN body that will seek to improve the lives of women and girls around the world.
With the objective of promoting social and economic rights through advocacy and related programmes and service, the “Youth Rights of the Romanian Young Women, Girls and Teenagers, a European life” programme was launched. Thanks to the funding received from the World YWCA Power to Change Fund, the National Young Women’s Christian Association of Romania (ANTFCR) was able to start the programme, which targets young people in Romanian high schools.
Through the financial assistance of the Power to Change Fund, another programme dream became a reality. The YWCA of Albania in January 2010 launched their project “HIV prevention and building a young women peer-educator network amongst the Roma Community.” The project, which is directed at the Roma women within Albania, focuses mainly on young women and addresses the issue of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in the communities of Shkodra and Fier.
“The coming together of young women in a gathering like this is always richly rewarding”. These were the words of one of the participants at the recently concluded Triennial Youth Retreat of the YWCA of Nigeria, which took place in Akure, Ondo state with the theme ‘Empowering Young Women to A Change in the Society’.
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.