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24th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council (HRC) is holding its twenty-fourth regular session at UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, the session began yesterday September 9 and shall run until September 27, 2013. The HRC opened with a short statement from Remigiusz A. Henczel, President of the Human Rights Council followed by an opening statement delivered by Ms. Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Climate Change and Conserving Water

2013 is the International Year of Water Cooperation, and World Water Week 1-6th September encourages us reflect on what water means to women around the world. In Sri Lanka the infamous Weliweriya incident which took place August 1, 2013 reminds us of the scarcity of water. In response the YWCA of Sri Lanka conducted a water security workshop.

Call for Peace and Justice in the Middle East Region

Call for Action for Peace and Justice for the Middle East, issued by the Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI), on behalf of the two organizations: East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA of Palestine:

You have the power to define the YWCA Movement!

The World YWCA has set up an online forum where YWCA members, partners and friends can contribute to reflections on a 20-year programme of action for the collective impact and identity of the YWCA movement.

World YWCA Legacy Mentoring Studio

Mentoring is an integral part of leadership development across the YWCA movement. In this regard the World YWCA strives to support and encourage mentoring through various advocacy activities and trainings. The World YWCA equips young women for the challenges of leadership through internships and leadership training opportunities at regional and global events.

Journey for Justice 2013

The Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI) is a joint programme of East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA of Palestine, it works for Peace with Justice in Palestine, based on Humanitarian and Christian Values, by mobilising the world movements of the YMCA and YWCA, churches, church-based organisations, UN agencies, and other relevant organisations to influence decision-makers and prompt actions that contribute to end Israeli occupation and all its violations of International Law. As part of the initiative JAI annually hosts the Journey for Justice programme which provides young leaders with the opportunity to witness and accompany Palestinian youth in their daily life.

Messengers of Peace return to the World YWCA and Geneva

Every year, consistently and enthusiastically the Peace Messengers from Japan visit Geneva to share the experiences of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on the commemoration of the dual atrocity faced by their nation 68 years ago.

Young Women’s Leadership and Advocacy

Mobilising Young Women’s Leadership and Advocacy in Asia and the Pacific is a multi-year initiative managed by the World YWCA with funding from AusAID. The goal of the initiative is to contribute to a critical mass of young women leaders across the Asia Pacific region. Phase 1 of the project (2012-2013) was implemented in 11 Asia Pacific countries and built the capacity of at least 580 young women to become leaders and human rights advocates in their communities.

Join Y Global of Norway to End Poverty

Too many people still suffer from poverty and hunger in our world today. Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger is one of the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were prioritised in the year 2000 by the United Nations (UN).

Reflections on International Youth Day

It is true that in today’s world, or, more precisely, in society at large, youth have been that crucial tipping point for change. Young people have often been both the initiators and sustainers of freedom and civil rights movements, whether in India, South Africa, Germany, Liberia, the USA or many other countries. These movements were founded on the passion of a, sometimes considered infamous age group that is very often denied recognition for their actions until much later.