Current World YWCA News
The YWCA of Rwanda was established in 1995 in response to the rising concern for the many widows and children left in the wake of the genocide. It has been a member of the World YWCA since 1999, and its mission is to develop the leadership and collective power of women and girls in Rwanda to achieve high quality education, health and socio-economic conditions for themselves, their families, and their communities.
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
The Human Rights Council requested the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to prepare a report, in consultation with States, United Nations agencies, funds and programmes, civil society and other relevant stakeholders, on preventing and eliminating child, early and forced marriage, with a particular focus on challenges, achievements, best practices and implementation gaps.
The YWCA of Palestine has released a statement calling for the Right of Return to be recognised. The right of return polarises the seemingly intractable conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis like no other issue. For most Palestinians the right of return for the up to six million refugees who are ancestors of those who made the exodus from Palestine that followed the creation of Israel in 1948 is an absolute. For Israeli officials - whose historians dispute the figure of six million and also the reason for the mass exodus - the issue is existential. The World YWCA fully supports the Right of Return for Palestinians.
The YWCA of Sri Lanka and the World YWCA recently co-sponsored a parallel event during the World Conference on Youth, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The UN sanctioned conference took place 6-10th of May, 2014, and was supported by the government of Sri Lanka. The president himself, His Excellency Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa, opened the conference and spoke of the importance of young people being treated as stakeholders of services. He encouraged delegates to create platforms, strengthen partnerships and be creative. "This century belongs to the youth. It is the century of knowledge", stated President Rajapaksa. He also discussed the importance of building a future that respects culture.
The World Conference on Youth which took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka officially closed on the 10th of May, 2014. The conference gathered thousands of participants from across the world to discuss key issues and topics in relation to young people. Through workshop discussions and roundtables, facilitators and rapporteurs were able to capture the solutions and ideas of young people, to the present problems that continue to stifle the progress of achieving the MDGs.
Geneva, May 8, 2014: The World YWCA joins the YWCA of Nigeria and the rest of the world in calling for urgent and immediate safe return of the 276 girls kidnapped from a state school in the town of Chibok by armed and uniformed men on April 15.
The World Conference on Youth (WCY2014) is currently taking place from the 6-10 May, 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The World YWCA is participating as an official invited youth led organisation and also has delegates attending from the YWCAs of Sri Lanka, Iceland and Nigeria. The conference theme is 'Mainstreaming Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda'. Within this the conference will address the following issues: Achieving Good Governance & Accountability; Inclusive Youth Participation at All Levels; Youth Rights; Globalisation/ Inclusive Youth-Led Development; Ending Systemic Inequalities; Gender Equality and Empowering Marginalised Youth Including Most at Risk Young People.
This April 2014 marked an historical moment for the YWCA of Grenada as the association celebrated its 125th year Anniversary! The YWCA of Grenada is the oldest YWCA in the Caribbean it was founded in 1889 and Miss Lottie Wells of Scott Street, St. George’s was the first President. In early years members met in their respective homes and activities consisted of Bible study among the members and Sunday school for children. In 1959, the Association was affiliated to the World YWCA and in 1989 the YWCA of Grenada celebrated its 100th (Centennial) Anniversary which was attended by the then World YWCA President Mrs. Jewel Graham and representatives from the Caribbean Associations.
World YWCA General Secretary, Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, is currently part of a high level delegation of faith leaders, co-initiated by ACT Alliance, that will bring together church leaders and government officials from South Sudan, in the aftermath of the killings in churches, mosques and United Nations bases that has left hundreds of people dead and has prompted fears that the four-month conflict could escalate.