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War in Gaza Must End – A Call to Action

As a new 72 hour ceasefire between Hamas and the State of Israel is underway the World YWCA calls for immediate action to end the suffering of the Palestinian people and end the Israeli occupation. The Palestinian people and all affected by this conflict need a lasting solution that can demonstrate accountability and a revival of a human rights framework that has disappeared.  The war on Gaza has violated the fundamental human rights and the shelling of civilians in United Nations (UN) shelter has undermined the legal understanding of, and the respect for humanitarian international law and protection of those who seek refugee under the UN flag. To date since the recent attack of Gaza by Israel, 1,939 Palestinians including 452 children and 235 women have been killed. Israel has suffered the loss of 66 soldiers killed in combat.

Bangalore City promises…Vow to no VAW

The city of Bangalore has been in the spotlight recently for a surge of reported sexual brutality, the most heinous being the rape of a six year old girl within the school premises. Citizens marched out into the streets enraged as the atrocity of the occurrence was far too much to bear for the millions of parents, teachers, care givers and activists.

Ebola Outbreak: World YWCA Call to Action

Ebola Virus outbreak in West Africa is the world's deadliest to date. According to the UN, 887 people have died as health officials in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone struggle to control the virus. Ebola is a viral illness of which the initial symptoms can include a sudden fever, intense weakness, muscle pain and a sore throat, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Subsequent stages include vomiting, diarrhoea and - in some cases - both internal and external bleeding.

Overcoming Violence Against Women

Violence against women (VAW) in the family otherwise known as domestic violence exists throughout the world and over 70 YWCA member associations work directly on VAW. Women from all social levels and backgrounds fall victim to this form of gender-based violence. The YWCA of Belarus is one association that works tirelessly on the issue and has contributed to their country UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) shadow report. 

Breaking Down Cultural Barriers to Realising SRHR

Dame Ester contracted the HIV virus from a blood transfusion after giving birth to her second child. Though her husband knew how she had become infected, he left her – the stigma of living with a person that is HIV positive was too much to bear. Today Dame Ester lives alone with her two children; she has been abandoned by her husband who left her for another woman. However, he still comes home to bring his dirty laundry for washing and to eat.  Since she became HIV positive Dame Ester has lost all security in her day-to-day life and her dignity too.

The World YWCA United in One Voice at AIDS 2014

The 2014 International AIDS Conference might have come to an end, but the work to end stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV and increase support for all young women living with or affected by HIV will ramp up with renewed energy and focus! Fifteen remarkable young women represented the World YWCA at AIDS 2014 and were led by Hendrica Okondo, World YWCA Programme Manager for Sexual and Health and Rights. 

Girl Summit

On July 22, 2014 the first Girl Summit took place in London, England, co-hosted by the UK Government and UNICEF, aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) within a generation. In England and Wales alone, an estimated 66,000 women are living with the consequences of FGM/C – an illegal cultural practice where girls’ genitalia are cut - with more than 20,000 at risk each year. UN figures estimate that 125 million women and girls worldwide have been cut – and that at least 30 million more will be at risk over the next decade.

Government and Civil Society Partnerships in UNSCR1325

In the last decade, numerous United Nations Security Council resolutions have been passed, to strengthen international law, mandating the rights of women to participate in peace negotiations and to ensure that other important measures incorporate women in peace and security matters worldwide. These resolutions and steps are based on the ground-breaking adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR1325) in October 2000, which transformed the perception of women as peace builders and decision-makers rather than as victims of armed conflict.

The 20th International AIDS Conference

YWCA Australia welcomed the World YWCA delegation to the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia this week. The conference runs 20-25 July, 2014 and is the most important gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV, health professionals and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. Hannah Gissane, from the YWCA of Australia shared “We were joined by young women from across the globe, each bringing amazing insights, stories and reflections on their lives and the work they do in the communities with their YWCAs.”

Breaking Down Cultural Barriers

Dame Ester contracted the HIV virus from a blood transfusion after giving birth to her second child. Though her husband knew how she had become infected, he left her – the stigma of living with a person that is HIV positive was too much to bear. Today Dame Ester lives alone with her two children; she has been abandoned by her husband who left her for another woman. However, he still comes home to bring his dirty laundry for washing and to eat.  Since she became HIV positive Dame Ester has lost all security in her day-to-day life and her dignity too.