Current World YWCA News
Have you applied for the World YWCA Young Women's Internship Programme 2011? With only a few weeks to go until the application deadline of August 31, 2011, young women leaders of the YWCA movement have an opportunity to participate in the internship programme which have a strong emphasis on advocacy, communication and young women’s leadership. As 2011 is a World Council year, the World YWCA interns 2011 will be very involved in the organisation of this special event.
Four YWCA member associations from the Middle East; Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Palestine will gather in Cairo, Egypt, from May 27 - June 1, 2010 for the Middle East Regional Training Institute, guided by the theme "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 and AIDS.
"You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes."
Have you ever seen men in high heels? It's quite a sight!
In 2001, Frank Baird came up with the original idea of “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” - an International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence. The idea was to create a “united gender movement” where men would be a part of the solution to ending sexual violence. Baird wanted to inform the world that men could make a difference by making valuable contributions to stopping this form of violence.
"In Mexico, if you kill a neighbor’s cow, the sentence is higher than if you kill your wife as a result of jealousy, because jealousy is a mitigating circumstance," Maria de los Angeles Corte Rios, General Director of the Center for the advancement of women and gender equality.
The World YWCA had the pleasure of greeting Ms. Valeria Arriaga of the YWCA of Honduras in its offices in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 5, 2010, and learning more about the YWCA of Honduras.
Solomon Islands YWCA raises over $2000
On, April 23, 2010, the Solomon Islands YWCA celebrated World YWCA Day around this year’s theme ‘Women Creating a Safe World’.
Angèle Biao Kolouchè, National President of the YWCA of Benin, represented the World YWCA at the Civil Society Experts Consultation on Maternal, Child and Infant Health and Sexual and Reproductive Health in Africa (CSO) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on April 17-18, 2010.
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.