Current World YWCA News
Anna-Kaisa Ikonen is Deputy Mayor of the City of Tampere, Finland and a Vice President of the World YWCA. A lifelong YWCA member, she learned how to lead in the movement. Here she outlines strategies to overcome obstacles to women’s equal participation in decision-making.
On March 27, 2010 the YWCA of Secunderabad India joined the world and participated in Earth Hour 2010. Earth Hour started three years ago in 2007 in Sydney Australia and is a global climate change initiative and a call to action to every individual, business and community throughout the world. A call to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future, people across the world from all walks of life at 8:30 pm turn off their lights for one hour and join together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common, our planet.
In response to a think tank that found New Zealand’s young people are more disadvantaged, the YWCA Auckland which runs a free four year mentoring programme (Future Leaders) for young women from decile 1-4 schools says that their programme produces results that directly address these issues with positive and measurable results.
The Journey for Justice Programme, a joint initiative between the YWCA of Palestine and the East Jerusalem YMCA was launched in 2000 and is an annual event which provides young leaders the opportunity to witness and accompany Palestinian youth in their daily life. This year it will take place from July 23- August 1, 2010.
Jerusalem, the Holy City that houses the faith for the three monotheistic religions remains at the heart of conflict in the Middle East today. In the light of the discriminatory settlement expansions in Jerusalem by Israeli authorities that adversely affect women and children, the YWCA of Palestine and the World YWCA call for immediate action to end all Israeli illegal actions and daily violations of human rights.
BARBADIANS ARE being urged to give back their time and energy to the community in which they were raised. President of the YWCA of Barbados, Marilyn Rice-Bowen, made the plea at the launch of the campaign at their Deacons, St Michael headquarters.
World YWCA and YWCA of Haiti call for Haitian Women’s Participation and Leadership in Reconstruction of Haiti
As Haiti recovers from the earthquake on January 12, 2010 that left the country in ruin, the World YWCA and YWCA of Haiti are calling for women’s full participation and leadership in all phases of the reconstruction of Haiti as mandated by UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and other internationally recognised standards to ensure a gender perspective be integrated into ongoing discussions and planning.
She is a humble woman, but has worked consistently to bring positive changes to her gender and to young people. Meet Sonia Lenares , she has been chosen as the Woman of the Year… a title she was honoured to receive for her more than five decades of service.
Hendrica Okondo has a smile as big as Africa and the more you discover about the new Global Programme Manager SRHR and HIV and AIDS – Focal Point Africa – , the more you realise her passion for women’s rights may be even bigger.
Keep women on agenda, says World YWCA as religious leaders commit to visible and active leadership on HIV
High level religious and spiritual leaders from many of the world’s major religions pledged “stronger, more visible and practical leadership in the response to HIV” as the first global High Level Summit of Religious Leaders on HIV concluded in The Netherlands on March 23.