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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 […]

Let’s not make Orlando an ever greater tragedy

  By Kathleen Maksymec, World YWCA Head of Communications In the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting, there’s one thing that’s starting to disturb me almost as much as the tragedy itself. And that’s how this tragedy is dividing us. And how groups and individuals are using the deaths of […]

Testimony of a former child bride

By Charity Mvoso, YWCA Malawi It was a great privilege for me to attend the parliamentary forum in Ezulwini Swaziland as an observer. We arrived in Swaziland on Thursday 2nd June 2016 and were staying at the Mantenga Lodge in Ezulwini. The meeting to adopt the Model law on eradicating […]

Zero Discrimination Lifestyle

Written By: Yvonne Schüpbach Recently got to know this unbelievable story: Saudi Arabia ordered 74 new Metro trains of the company Siemens (Vienna). The total costs will be 500 million Euros. These trains will officially divide the customers in three different social and sexual classes.

We Have No Other Way But to Fight

Daniela Zelaya, World YWCA Programme Associate (YWCA of Honduras) The whole world and all Hondurans are mourning. The huge wave of violence that threatens the country has claimed one more victim. Berta Caceres, known for her tireless struggle for indigenous peoples and environmental protection, received recognition and became vested with […]

Learning About Sex and Sexuality

By Sahita Pierre-Antoine, YWCA of Haiti  I must have been seven or eight years old when my mother sat me down for the “sex talk”. I started to develop breasts very early so I think it was her way of preparing me for the changes that would soon occur in […]

Put One’s Money Where Ones Mouth Is

By Vanessa Anyoti, YWCA of Tanzania, Programmes Associate World YWCA “We call upon UN Agencies, Governments, Civil Society and the Private Sector to provide financial support for Women, Young Women and Girls and programs; and create safe spaces for the engagement and participation of young women and girls in the […]

Discrimination in the Name of Religion

Written by Andrea Thaxton West Virginia State Capitol at sunset. **Image from: https://www.facebook.com/wvlegislature/timeline  Photo credit:  WV Legislative Photographer Perry Bennett In the land of equal opportunities for all, it seems that “freedom of religion” could soon infringe upon the rights and benefits of others. My home state of West Virginia […]