the-world-ywca-at-the-29th-session-of-un-human-rights-council-advancing-women-s-and-girl-s-human-rights_mediumAs the United Nations Human Rights Council holds its 29th session (HRC29) from June 15th to July 3rd2015, the World YWCA will take an active part to ensure that the HRC makes commitments to women’s and girls’ human rights.

Event highlights includes a full-day annual panel discussions on realising the equal enjoyment of the right to education by every girl child and a full-day discussion on women’s human rights which will focus on preventing domestic violence against women and girls. World YWCA General Secretary Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda will moderate this full-day session, taking place on June 19th. The programme also includes a panel discussion on women’s participation in decision-making processes where World YWCA short-term intern Lucrece Falolou will participate as a speaker [1].

If you are in Geneva for HRC29, the World YWCA and partners are pleased to invite you to a series of side events we are hosting:

  • 16 June – Harnessing Faith and Culture: Advancing Women’s Rights and Responding to Violence, 9:30-11:00, Room IX
  • 18 June – Addressing Child, Early and Forced Marriage: National and Regional Perspectives, 13:00-15:00, Room IX
  • 25 June – Technology & Economic Empowerment: Limitless possibilities for women and girls’ participation in the public sphere, 10:00-12:00, Room XXI, Opening Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Päivi Kairamo, Permanent Mission of Finland, Geneva

Working with Young Women Leaders – Meet the short-term interns

We have the pleasure to welcome and introduce to you two short-term interns who will join the World YWCA office delegation during HRC29 and bring young women’s voices to the decision making table.

Gloria Fagade is from the YWCA of Nigeria and Lucrece Falolou is from the YWCA of Benin.

Gloria Fagade has over five years of experience volunteering with the YWCA of Nigeria. She is a trained peer-educator and project manager on the topics of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) including HIV and AIDS and human rights. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology and is currently perusing her Master’s in Environmental and Medical Geology in Nigeria.

Gloria has worked very closely with the traditional rulers in her community. She recognises the important role they play in terms of acting as a conduit of information that needs to reach out to the women in her community. “I would like my local YWCA branch to know that they are not alone in the world in the work of empowering women”, she explains.

Lucrèce has over ten years of experience volunteering with the YWCA of Benin. She is a trained peer-educator and project manager on the topics of SRHR, including HIV and AIDS, Violence against Women and human rights. Lucrèce has additionally been very engaged in theInternational Conference on Population and Development (ICPD+20) and Post-2015 Agenda discussions on both the international and national level. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Health and Sustainable Development and is currently pursuing her PhD on the same topic at the University of Abomey-Calavi.

Lucrèce is a strong believer in the power of information and works hard to assure that information is being delivered to the young women and girls that she works with. She explains that “The movement of YWCA has given me the power to raise my voice and to make significant change in my community. I want to give the same type of power to other young women and girls. I want them all to be aware of their human rights”.

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