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58th Commission on the Status of Women

Today, marks the official opening of the fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held annually in New York, USA at the United Nations headquarters. CSW is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it was established by Council resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946. The World YWCA was in fact instrumental in lobbying for the creation of CSW as early as 1925 and has a rich history of pioneering women’s rights both during the League of Nations and the beginnings of the UN up to present day. 

World YWCA’s Statement on International Women’s Day | March 8, 2014

“Equality for women is progress for all”

On March 8, thousands of women will gather in their communities to celebrate International Women’s Day. March 8th is a day of recognition to all women who have pushed for their rights and contributed to great achievements over the past decades thanks to their determination and courage. 

In solidarity with the YWCA of Ukraine in its call for peace

The World YWCA stands in solidarity with the YWCA of Ukraine in its call for peace. In the last three months civil unrest has erupted and as of last November 2013, when Mr Yanukovych, (Ousted President of Ukraine) rejected a far-reaching trade and association pact with the EU, instead preferring closer ties with Moscow. It has been widely reported that around 100 people were killed in clashes between anti-Yanukovych protesters and police in Kiev, many of them protesters shot by snipers.

Unleashing the Power of Girls

 “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.

The Universal Application of CEDAW and the Beijing +20 Review

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. 

In the Race for Women’s Rights

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.”

Call for 2014 Power to Change applications!

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’s 29th National Convention

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.

UNSCR 1325 Conference in Palestine

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