Jesca Mmari, YWCA-TANZANIA attended the AU Summit and shares her reflections. Check out her blog: https://womenleadingchange.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/the-fight-against-child-marriage/
This year is an important year for the women of Africa. For the first time, the African Union (AU) has dedicated the year 2015 as a “Year of women’s empowerment and development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”. It is reason to celebrate and join our efforts towards achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment now more than ever.
The African Union (AU) has made tremendous strides in establishing continental instruments for protecting the rights of women and girls. The World YWCA and its Partners once again brought together young women from all regions of Africa. Read more: http://www.worldywca.org/YWCA-News/World-YWCA-and-Member-Associations-News/African-Young-Women-engaging-with-the-African-Union-in-Addis-Ababa
The 28th World Council will be held at the Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao in Bangkok, Thailand. The convention centre is ideally located in the city centre and, combined with its superb surroundings, will set a great environment for World Council. We encourage you to book your accommodation soon! (http://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/centaragrand/cglb/)
In 2014, the World Council of Churches cooperated with World YWCA and Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance to bring Christian voices, including those of youth, to the International AIDS Conference.
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YWCA MEMBERS: are you keen to learn more about World YWCA Council 2015 - which is being held in Thailand, 11-16 October?
Early Bird Registrations close 31 January, and YWCA Australia is holding a teleconference for Members to learn more about Council, find out what’s on the agenda for 2015, and hear from Shernael Teaurima who attended World Council and the Young Women’s Pre-Council meeting in Zurich.
Held every 4 years, World YWCA Council is the largest gathering of YWCA members from all around the world when representatives from each affiliated association come together to elect the members of the World YWCA Board, set priorities for the coming years work and determine policies through resolutions. It is a time for membership engagement, decision-making, reflections and most importantly networking and having fun.
YWCA Australia sends a Voting Delegation to World Council, but Council is open to all YWCA Members to attend. To join the YWCA Australia teleconference and find out more, dial in on Tuesday 20 January 2015, at 12.30pm ESDST, for half an hour. Dial in details are 1800 200 232, pin 618751#
To find out more about World YWCA Council, visit http://www.worldywcacouncil.org/
Wishing our entire YWCA family God's richest Blessings for 2015 and a year filled with Peace, joy, love, health and abundance! May you achieve all that you dream of and aspire towards and may this year exceed all your expectations.
Dear YWCA Sisters and Friends
Very warm greetings of the new year and the season. I hope you all had a wonderful time with family and friends. My heart and prayers also go to those who faced illiness or lost their loved ones during the festive season. In God's own time we experience life in all its mystery and complexity.
This is an important year for us as we continue to put our best foot forward as a movement, serving communities and leading change. We continue to find ways of responding the very specific issues facing us in our communities, remaining relevant with integrity and ensuring that the authenticity of our actions derives fro listening to the heartbeart of those around us.
Its a special year, 2015. It is the year we commemorate twenty (20) years post Beijing on advancing the empowerment and rights of women. It is also the year that the world leaders will adopt a new global sustainable development agenda following the MDGs. We must therefore continue to roll up our sleeves and be part of the dialogue among community of nations and peoples. For it is our voices that shapes our future. We know from the demographic data, that the future is female and the future is young; therefore its an imperative for us to have issues of young women and girls at the centre of our efforts, as we apply inter-generational approaches that recognises the contributions, knowledge and experiences of elders.
Its a very important year for us in the World YWCA movement, as we pull together our vision 2035, and allow ourselves to define our core issues and what YWCA we want to see in twenty years time. Many of you have generously and robustly been so engaged with us in this conversation and dialogue for the last 3 years, Thank you for the generosity of thought, ideas, experiences and hosting.
We are already looking forward to our 29th World YWCA Council to be held in Bangkok, Thailand in October this year. I invite you to take opportunity of the early bird, register, prepare your delegations and shape the agenda of our gathering and global fellowship.
May the birth of Christ renew our strength, enable us to discern the pathways to justice, peace and equality, and may we be endowed with divine wisdom as we serve humanity.
With blessings and best wishes for the year.
African Union Summit will be held 23-31 January 2015, in Ethiopia.
The theme is "Women's Economic Empowerment and Development, Towards Agenda 20163". This will shape the core agenda of the continental body for the year.
This is the first time that the African Union has dedicated a full Summit to the issue of women, since its formation in 1963. Recent positive strides included the adoption of the Maputo Protocol on Women's Rights; the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality and the Gender Parity principle (50/50 rule) in the appointment of Commissioners (comprises of 5 men and 5 women). The continental body at Summit have only one woman, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, as the only woman Head of State among the 54 member states.
The chairmanship of the African Union is held by a country on an annual basis. This year it will be the turn for SADC, and Zimbabwe will most likely assume this role, since the country is already chair of SADC and Vice President at the African Union. While Zimbabwe has made progressive at legislative level, its unfortunate that issues of violence against women remain so high. Its also unfortunate that the President did not appoint at least one woman out of the two Vice Presidents.
I plan to be at this AU Summit, with my passion for education, health and economic opportunities for girls and young women. I am really keen to pursue issue around leveraging technology for economic empowerment and the adoption of inter-generational approaches. Am looking forward to the special event planned focusing on ending child marriage.
Any advise and perspectives?
Femnet Secretariat Urgent Action Fund-Africa World Pulse World YWCA
Mira Rizeq, General Secretary of the YWCA of Palestine, was invited to the World Council of Churches to present their advocacy project "Fabric of Our Lives" as part of the Nakba Exhibition. Click here to read more.
Today is Universal Health Coverage Day! - "Universal Health Coverage secures health and well being for women and girls everywhere." - Ms. Gumbonzvanda, World YWCA General Secretary Click here & get involved http://ow.ly/FIFMD