Current World YWCA News
2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325 on women, peace and security. As part of the commemoration of the SCR 1325, a High level Consultation was held in Geneva, Switzerland from September 15 – 16, 2010. Among the participants of the meeting was Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, World YWCA General Secretary.
The 15th Session of the Human Rights Council is meeting in Geneva, Switzerland from September 13 - October 1. The United Nation’s Human Rights Council meets twice a year to discuss thematic human rights issues and evaluate member states on their human rights obligations. As the World YWCA is deeply committed to the full and equal enjoyment of human rights by women and girls, the Human Rights Council (HRC) is an important platform for its advocacy.
On Friday 27 August, the new YWCA Kindergarten was officially opened in front of a large crowd of parents, teachers, children and special guests including the World YWCA Asia-Pacific Director, Ms Juli Dugdale and the Director of Early Childhood Education, Ms Bernadine Ha'amori.
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.