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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]