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World YWCA to participate in fourth Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights

A World YWCA delegation of women and young women leaders will participate in the fourth Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from February 8-12, 2010.

World YWCA Power to Change Fund 2010-2011: Call for applications

The first round for the World YWCA Power to Change Fund 2010-2011 is open! The Power to Change Fund uses interest gained from the Leadership Permanent Fund to endow YWCA development programmes for women and girls worldwide.

YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand young woman up for Young NZer of the Year

Vice President of the YWCA of Wellington and Hutt Valley, Aotearoa New Zealand Vanisa Dhiru, 29 years old, is one of three finalists for Young Zealander of the Year 2009. A heart for volunteering, a passion for women’s development and a knack for branding and marketing, Vanisa is proud to have made it past the 60 other young nominees for the award.

World YWCA Day 2010 : Women Creating a Safe World

Since 1947, World YWCA Day has been celebrated annually and is an opportunity for YWCAs around the world to commemorate the history of this special movement. Each year the celebration has a different theme and programme that enables members to act locally for a common global goal and on April 24, 2010, the World YWCA will continue to focus on ‘Women Creating a Safe World.’

Respect the dignity of the Haitian People: World YWCA endorses the Caribbean Conference of Churches statement on Haiti

As the world rallies around the people of Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit the Caribbean nation on January 12, 2010, the World YWCA endorses the strong statement from the Caribbean Conference of Churches (CCC) that calls for all operations to respect the dignity of the Haitian people.

YWCA of Kenya offers Alternative Rite of Passage to girls and women

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates, about three million girls are at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) annually in Africa. In Kenya, where FGM is practiced in more than three quarters of the population, the YWCA of Kenya challenges the practise through awareness and advocacy actions in regions with high prevalence rates.

Tens of thousands are feared dead in Haiti after the powerful earthquake of January 12, 2010

A massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti on Tuesday January 12, 2010. The quake that hit south of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince is feared to have killed thousands of people across the country. The earthquake, the worst in the region in more than 200 years, has left the country in shambles.

Devastating earthquake in Haiti – The YWCA movement in Solidarity

A massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti on Tuesday January 12, 2010. The quake that hit south of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince is feared to have killed thousands of people across the country. The earthquake, the worst in the region in more than 200 years, is leaving the country in shambles.

YWCA of Barbados launches breakfast club for students

About 700 children are being fed through Breakfast Clubs across Barbados and the demand is increasing.

Be involved! Be heard! AIDS Advocacy Alert from the International Council of AIDS Service Organisations

The UNGASS Declaration of Commitment (DoC) on HIV and AIDS, adopted by all UN member states in 2001, provides a comprehensive framework to halt and to reverse the HIV and AIDS epidemic by 2010, and included specific and measurable milestones for 2003, 2005 and 2010.