Current World YWCA News
On August 12, 2010, International Youth Day will be celebrated under the theme “Dialogue and Mutual Understanding.” This year’s celebration is of particular importance as it also marks the start of the International Year of Youth (August 2010 – August 2011), which will aim to advance the full and effective participation of youth in all aspects of society. The World YWCA has a longstanding commitment to providing a space for young people notably young women and joins with the Alliance of Youth CEOs in recognising this important event. In this joint statement by the Alliance of Youth CEOs, the International Year of Youth is fully endorsed and the need for greater youth involvement is highlighted.
With assistance from World YWCA project funds and, more recently, through the World YWCAs “Power to Change Fund”, the YWCA of Benin has been carrying out HIV and AIDS awareness programmes within the local community since 2003. These programmes help women living with HIV, many of them under 30 years of age, to improve their health, understand their basic rights and gain independence. Food is distributed, house visits made, and workshops held on how to live a healthy life, violence against women (VAW), and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
Alice Mirimo Kabetsi plays an important role in the social affairs and youth employment in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Ms. Alice Mirimo Kabetsi, President of the YWCA of DRC, has been appointed as the head of the new team of the National Fund for Promotion and Social Services (Fonds national de la promotion et de service social -FNPSS). The FNPSS was created in 1963 and its role is to manage the government’s money for social cases. The purpose of the FNPSS is to promote projects aimed at improving the welfare of both urban and rural populations. The FNPSS replaced the Fonds du bien-être indigène (FBI) that was established in 1947. The FNPSS manages all aid coming through the Minister of Social Affairs, including aid from national and international NGOs.
Marie-Claude Julsaint, Programme Director for the Americas and the Caribbean at the World YWCA, and a native Haitian, was recently interviewed on her work with YWCA Haiti and the situation in the country, six months after the devastating earthquake which shook the island and its population.
The World YWCA served on the Conference Coordinating Committee (CCC) of the XVII and the XVIII International AIDS Conference representing women, young people and faith-based organisations. As World YWCA SRHR and HIV Coordinator, Sophie Dilmitis represented the World YWCA on the CCC and played a key role in many aspects of AIDS 2008 and AIDS 2010 recently held in Vienna, Austria from July 18-23, 2010. World YWCA also organised a number of sessions at the conference, and coordinated a delegation of 24 women, mostly young and living with HIV who came from all corners of the globe.
Fiona Wilkie, World Council 2011 Coordinator for the World YWCA, arrived in Hong Kong on Sunday July 18, 2011 to attend the YMCAs 17th World Council.
In 1986 Gaile Owens from Nashville, Tennessee, was sentenced to death for the murder of her husband. Two weeks ago Owens’ sentence was changed to life in prison and she could be eligible for parole as early as next year due to good behaviour during her 25 years in prison.
The World YWCA congratulates and celebrates Kathleen Edwards, YWCA Australia Life Member, who has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2010 Queens Birthday Honours List “for service to youth through the Young Women's Christian Association”.
A delegation from the YWCA of Australia, led by Caroline Lambert, its Executive Director, flew to New York to present reports on Australia’s implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
On Thursday, 22 July, one day before the end of the XVIII International AIDS Conference, participants of the Young Women’s Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), which was hosted by the World YWCA at the beginning of the Conference, gathered once again to share and to discuss. This time around the objective of the gathering was not to develop goals and key messages, but to debrief and to share their Conference experiences and also to evaluate how the key messages that were developed in the initial meeting were used during the Conference, and whether they were used at all.