Current World YWCA News
Ann Drummond, World YWCA volunteer and member of the YWCA of Australia, recently had the opportunity to visit the YWCA of China, namely the associations in Beijing and Shanghai. During her visit she had the chance to learn about the association and their work and she shares with us what she has learnt.
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) hosted the 11th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women in Noumea, New Caledonia, from August 16 - 20, 2010. 22 countries of the Pacific participated and the theme of the conference was “Progress and prospects: National level implementation of the Pacific and Beijing Platforms for Action”. 140 Government Ministers and representatives, development partners and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) attended the meeting. The Triennial called for a regional strategy on women’s health and provided the Pacific Island region with the opportunity to take a closer look at the progress they have made on implementing the Beijing Platform of Action (BPA) as well as the Pacific Platform for Action (PPA), which is a regional gender commitment.
“The way to a world without nuclear weapons is a tough one, but with the help and understanding by the people all over the world, we will be able to lead the way to world peace.” Those were the words of Koharu Usui a young woman who was part of the 15-member group of Nagasaki Peace Messengers that visited the World YWCA on Wednesday August 18, 2010.
The World YWCA stands in solidarity with the people of Pakistan as they cope with the mass flooding that has afflicted their country since July 2010.
World YWCA volunteer, Ann Drummond, recently visited an emerging group of women in Mongolia who are interested in establishing a YWCA. Located in the heart of the Asian landscape, Mongolia is a country where people live a Nomadic lifestyle. The purpose of Ann’s visit however, was not to enjoy the Nomadic way of life but rather to deepen her understanding of the Mongolian culture, the current issues confronting the country, and the possibility and challenges of setting up a YWCA in Mongolia.
An important and symbolic milestone has been reached for people with visual impairments in Jordan, allowing them to have a better understanding of how the legislation affects their daily lives.
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.