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In Solidarity and Prayers YWCA of Greece: Eurozone debt crisis

The World YWCA stands in solidarity with our sisters in Greece during this time of economic and social hardship. The Eurozone debt crisis has plummeted millions of people and their families into poverty and despair. The YWCA of Greece in its 92 year history has been a strong member of our movement. They hosted the World Council in 1979 and the late Athena Athanasiou, who was President of the World YWCA (1967-1975) and President of the YWCA of Greece served the movement with great passion. The YWCA of Greece continues to serve their communities and during this time of social turmoil strives to empower women, young women and girls.

YWCAs of Liberia and Sierra Leone successfully respond to the Ebola Virus

In March 2014, five countries in West Africa were gripped by the Ebola Virus. The outbreak began in Guinea and spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. Liberia was worst hit by the epidemic and saw thousands of new cases every week. Only this week a new fatal case of Ebola was reported and the outbreak is threatening to spread once again. 

World leaders have committed to concrete action on education in emergencies

World leaders have committed to concrete action on education in emergencies and will launch a new international commission to reverse the decline in funding for education. At the Education For Development Summit hosted by the Norwegian Government, World leaders met to discuss key issues regarding access to education for development. An emergency fund to provide education for young people caught up in conflicts and natural disasters is being proposed by UN envoy Gordon Brown and a coalition of charities and campaigns.

World YWCA Enjoys Official Visit to YWCA China

At the invitation of the National Council of YWCAs of China, the World YWCA leadership enjoyed a week-long visit with the YWCA of China. It was a mutually fulfilling experience of learning, sharing and dialogue. During our time together, we had an opportunity to visit programs run by the YWCAs in Shanghai, Hangzhou and Beijing. Like the YWCA movement, the YWCA China remains deeply committed to its core values, which are steeped within its Christian tradition.

Nepal Relief Update

On 25 April 2015, a devastating earthquake hit Nepal, parts of India and Bangladesh, in response the World YWCA issued a call to action and the YWCA of Nepal called for financial contributions to support their relief effort. So far the YWCA of Nepal has supported over 1000 individuals including 400 families. 

Year of Women’s empowerment, development towards Africa Agenda 2063

On June 15, 2015 history was made at the African Union (AU) in Johannesburg South Africa as the union announced that it has formally adopted a common position on ending child marriage in Africa. Under the new agreement, the AU is urging its Member States to establish comprehensive action plans to end child marriage, including establishing and enforcing laws which set the minimum age for marriage at 18. The AU will monitor progress toward this goal as part of its Agenda 2063 strategy, which aims to ensure positive socioeconomic transformation within the next 50 years.

African Union Adopts Common Position on Ending Child Marriage

Johannesburg, South Africa – 17 June, 2015 – The African Union (AU) today announced that it has formally adopted a common position on ending child marriage in Africa. Under the new agreement, the AU is urging its Member States to establish comprehensive action plans to end child marriage, including establishing and enforcing laws which set the minimum age for marriage at 18. The AU will monitor progress toward this goal as part of its Agenda 2063 strategy, which aims to ensure positive socioeconomic transformation within the next 50 years. 

The World YWCA at the 29th Session of UN Human Rights Council – Advancing women’s and girl’s human rights

As the United Nations Human Rights Council holds its 29th session (HRC29) from June 15th to July 3rd 2015, the World YWCA will take an active part to ensure that the HRC makes commitments to women’s and girls’ human rights.

Taiwan Youth Ambassadors

During the sixty-eighth session of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the World YWCA welcomed Mr Richard Javier Huang, Taipei Cultural and Economic Delegation in Switzerland, Mr Gordon C.H.Yang, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of China (Taiwan) and their five Youth Ambassadors to the World office. The Youth Ambassadors who are all students finishing their bachelors travelled from Taipei to participate in the World Health Assembly; to bring their knowledge and to learn more about sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and adolescence health. 

A World YWCA echo for the Empowerment of Women and Girls

‘Gender equality is more than a goal in itself.  It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and promoting good governance.’ – Kofi Anan

The World YWCA have been following the discussions related to the Post-2015 Agenda very closely and strongly advocating for a range of issues on a national, regional and international level. We believe that gender equality is a vital component for any sustainable development path and that the agenda must empower women, young women and girls.