Current World YWCA News
“Without education my life will be something else”.Those were the words spoken by Enerstrida Mirriam Michelo, a young survivor of child, early and forced marriage.
Today the 28 February, 2014 the 57th session on the Convention of the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) which is held at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland draws to a close. The World YWCA annually participates in the CEDAW sessions and engages in UN dialogues to contribute to the reporting process and promote women’s rights. During the 57th session the World YWCA observed the country reports of Cameroon, Finland and Sierra Leone.
World YWCA Board Member, Valerie Ho is running a marathon on 9th of March 2014, in Nagoya Japan, to raise funds for the World YWCA. Calling for support Valerie shared, “I am attempting my first FULL marathon in Nagoya, Japan this March, a very significant event on my bucket list! My goal this time is to raise US$10,000 for a more encompassing cause to further women's rights through an organisation that is very, very close to my heart - the World YWCA.”
Applications are currently being accepted for the Power to Change Fund 2014! All YWCA member associations are invited and welcomed to apply to the Fund! The deadline for applications is April 30, 2014; be sure to submit your applications soon! ATTENTION: This year, unlike in the past, there is only one round of applications for 2014.
The YWCA of India held its National Convention between the 8 - 12 February, 2014. This was the Nation's 29th YWCA Convention and took place in the rapturously beautiful town, Kumarakom in Kerala, the South West region of India.
The YWCA of Palestine will host an international conference on United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 in Palestine. See below for full details- Conference callout
“Gender Equality and Adolescent Girls’ Health: A Post-2015 Framework for Action”, hosted by the Government of Indonesia, and co-organized by Girls not Brides, IFMSA , NCD Alliance, PMNCH, UN Foundation, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNWOMEN, World Vision International, World YWCA, and WHO, and in support of Every Woman, Every Child , took place on February 4 at UN Headquarters.
Super Typhoon Haiyan has caused serious destruction in the Philippines. Thousands have been killed, countless homes have been destroyed, and hundreds of thousands of Filipinos left homeless.
The YWCA of Korea has been shocked by arresting images of destroyed landscape and desperate people whose lives have been ruptured. Two months after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, good progress has been made in many areas but people are still dependent on humanitarian support, particularly to rebuild their homes.
Eleven years ago on February 6th, the first lady of Nigeria, Mrs. Stella Obasanjo, officially declared ‘Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation’ in Africa during a conference organised by the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices affecting the health of Women and Children, an NGO network head-quartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The UN Sub-Commission on Human Rights adopted this day as an international awareness day and also for promoting its eradication. Since then February 6 has officially become the International Day on Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation.