Month: August 2016

Ringing the alarm against rape: is it any good?

By Sahita Pierre-Antoine, YWCA of Haiti  On May 9, 2016, the New York Times published a short article on India’s idea of incorporating panic buttons and GPS to all phones as a way to manage and respond to sexual attacks. In a statement, a government official declared that “in order […]

The YWCA empowering me

By Marie-Nour Rattel, YWCA of Lebanon So I was asked to talk about something I learned from the YWCA, and I couldn’t find a thing, simply because the YWCA is one of the major things that contributed in building my character, just by showing women that they can. They can what? […]

What if I my rights are violated?

By Vanessa Anyoti, YWCA of Tanzania The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) “has great potential to promote and protect human rights in the darkest corners of the world.” – Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General The UPR was established in March 2006 and is a unique process of the Human Rights Council (HRC). The […]

We Are Here to Claim Our Space

by Rati Muyambo, Gender and Media student at the University of Cape Town As a young woman who is passionate about gender equality and young women’s issues, I had the privilege of attending the first ever Human Rights Council Youth Forum in Geneva. On the 10th of June, youth from all […]