Current World YWCA News
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.
Bustling Cairo is currently even busier as the World YWCA Middle East Regional Training Institute is now up and running. The most awaited session of the programme took place on May the 30 with each association presenting their work, the opportunities they can benefit from and the challenges they face.
YWCA Young women leaders from Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine and Jordan gathered for the Young Women Leaders Dialogue (YWLD) held in Cairo, Egypt on May 28 as part of the YWCAs Regional Training Institute. Throughout the day, young women created their own safe space to discuss issues of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), HIV and AIDS and violence against women (VAW).
Egyptians are known to refer to their country as "Masr Oum ElDounia ", "Egypt Mother of the World" as a way to honour the land they hold so dear, sometimes drawing polite smiles from foreigners who might not be used to such declarations of love towards one's country. Whether you agree or not, this upcoming week, Egypt might not be the mother of the world, but it'll no doubt be the centre of attention for YWCA women throughout the world as the Middle East Regional Training Institute (RTI) kicks off.
It’s only a matter of days before the Middle East Regional Training Institute to be held from May 27 – June 1, 2010 in Cairo Egypt. As the excitement builds up for the Training Institute fifteen young women from the region are eagerly counting down the days till they can come together for the Young Women’s Leadership Dialogue (YWLD). The Young women from Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, and Palestine will gather on Friday May 28, 2010 to discuss and share in light of 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”.