Current World YWCA News
The 23rd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) is being held in Geneva from 27 May to 14 June 2013. The agenda includes the annual day of discussion on women’s human rights and the adoption of a resolution on rape and other forms of sexual violence led by Canada. The World YWCA will be following and reporting throughout the 23rd session, as well as organising and facilitating side events at the Council.
The YWCA of Thailand has been affiliated to the World YWCA since 1979; however interest in the establishment of YWCA in Thailand began before World War II. As a result the YWCA of Bangkok was established and registered as association from the Thai government on June 30, 1947. Since its creation the YWCA of Thailand has provided much needed social services within communities and worked towards advancing the rights of women, young women and girls.
The much anticipated World YWCA International Leadership Institute for Young Women (ILI), themed “Her Future – The Future Young Women Want” has set its stage at the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. It will span over a period of 6 days between 23 – 28 May, 2013 with 53 representatives from over 45 countries around the world.
Women from all over the Asia Pacific Region came together in the beautiful city of smiles, Bangkok, Thailand for the Asia Pacific Advocacy, Monitoring and Evaluation Meeting (APA) from 23rd-28th May.
The African Union is celebrating its 50th anniversary at the AU Summit this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. International and African leaders have gathered to affirm the achievements of the African Union since its birth in 1963 under the theme of “Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance”.
Ms. Borislava Daskalova, Trainer and Researcher at the Gender Research Institute of the Balkan Centre for Regional Development was a prominent trainer at the European Study Session which took place in Strasbourg between 5th - 12th of May, 2013. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Studies and Gender Studies.
The World YWCA had an interesting discussions with Ms. Daskalova on human rights education and her personal reflections on women’s leadership.
The YWCA of Samoa has engaged in a new partnership with the YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand, funded by the World YWCA, seeking to revitalise the organisation and give young women opportunities to lead and address issues throughout Samoa.
May 15, 2013 marks the 65th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, which resulted in the catastrophic expulsion of the over 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and land in 1948, and creation of the first batch of Palestinian Refugees. Some three-quarters of the Palestinian Arab population or over 750,000 Palestinians were expelled by military assault or threat and over 400 Palestinian cities and towns were destroyed.
The study session drew to a conclusion on Saturday the 12th of May, 2013. Over 35 participants from 20 countries across Europe prepared to depart equipped now with training on working with the human rights approach, an introduction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and reflections on leadership.
From the 5th-12th of May, 2013 the European YWCAs are holding a human’s rights study session themed- European Young Women Advocating for Human Rights and Equality. The session is taking place at the European Youth Centre, Youth Department of the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg, France. In total 35 young women from 20 countries are currently participating in the study session.