Category Human Rights

Child early and forced marriage (CEFM) Fact Sheet

One in three girls, approximately 250 million, were married before the age of 15. Child marriage has a devastating impact on women and girls’ personal development, future opportunities, economic empowerment, education, health and well-being. Child marriage has serious consequences for the health of girls, such as poorer pregnancy prognosis, higher risk of HIV…

Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) Fact Sheet

SRHR for women, young women and girls is one of the priority focus areas for the World YWCA. Access to information on sexual and reproductive health, rights and services enables women and young women to make decisions about their bodies and claim their rights. Every human being has a fundamental right to access…

Juntos por Ellas (Together for Them) en español por la YWCA de Honduras

Campaña de Recaudación de Fondos y sensibilización de población Fundado en el 2003, el Centro de las Flores ofrece protección, cuidado y educación a niñas sobrevivientes de violencia y abuso sexual. El centro alberga a 18 niñas entre las edades de 5 a 18 años y tiene un staff de 6 personas dedicadas…

Together for them (Juntos por Ellas) by YWCA Honduras

Fundraising and awareness campaign Founded in 2003, the Girls’ Shelter Las Flores provides protection, care and education to girls survivors of violence and sexual abuse. The shelter is home to 18 girls between the ages of 5 to 18 years old and has a staff of 6 people dedicated to providing physical, psychological…

Violence against women Fact Sheet

The World YWCA believes that addressing violence against women and girls is a priority. Violence against women and girls is the world’s largest human rights violation and is pervasive in our society. YWCA member associations in more than 70 countries provide support for survivors of violence and those at risk of violence. This…

Universal Children’s Day 20 November 2016

Today on Universal Children’s Day, we recognize that girls are the leaders, not only of the future, but of today. Often we teach girls to be nice, to wait their turn and to be polite, but it’s much more important to be bold and brave. So we call on girls worldwide to speak…

Toolkit: Child Early and Forced Marriage Community Initiatives

Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18, primarily in South Asia (31.3 million) and sub-Saharan Africa (14.1 million) (UNICEF). Child marriage has a negative effect on the girls’ health, access to education and overall opportunities. The World YWCA has developed a toolkit to support these girls through initiatives anchored…

Statement by the Palestinian Women Coalition of UNSCR 1325 on the visit of the delegation of the International Criminal Court (ICC)

YWCA of Palestine would like to share a statement by the Palestinian Women Coalition of UNSCR 1325, which they are a member of, on the visit of the delegation from the ICC: We, the Palestinian Women Coalition of UNSCR 1325 welcome the visit of the delegation of the ICC Prosecutor’s Office as a step in…

Connie Tate reports on UN General Assembly

In this article, Connie Tate shares her perspective on the UN Meetings of Special Interest during the General Assembly Session in September 2016, on behalf of the World YWCA representatives Deborah Thomas, Hendrica Okondo, Rima and Doris Salah, Catherine Hickey and Jill Sen. As many of our YWCA and WSC friends know, there are…

YWCA of Palestine and the Launch of the National Action Plan UNSCR 1325

On August 24, a National Action Plan (NAP) was launched for the protection and non-discrimination of Palestinian women by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution 1325 Higher Commission, the UN Women and the EU. The action plan is a national implementation of the UN Security Council resolution 1325 and…

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