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IWD 2016: Vessels of Gold and Silver

IWD 2016: Vessels of Gold and Silver

About the Blogger: Andreea Ratiu lives in Sandymount with her husband Cris.  A native Romanian she relocated to Ireland two years ago  and now works as a Legal Assistant for a multinational company. Andreea is passionate about her Christian faith and is an active member of South Hill Evangelical Church in Mount

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Learning to Lead, Danish Style!

Learning to Lead, Danish Style!

Investing in young women’s leadership has always been a core priority of the YWCA movement. Here in Ireland, YWCA provide opportunities at national level for young women to build their leadership capacity by serving on our national board. Today 50% of our national board is comprised of young women age

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World Council Perspectives: Janet Horner

World Council Perspectives: Janet Horner

Since starting working in the YWCA last October, I have had a chance to get to know a lot about the work and the vision of the national association in Ireland. In October 2015, I had the opportunity to attend World YWCA Council in Bangkok, Thailand and gained a far

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Reflections on the 16 Days of Action

Reflections on the 16 Days of Action

By Anne Baenziger “Violence against women remains one of the most tolerated violations of human rights.” –Phumzile Mlambo (Director of UN Women) I am a 20-something from a small mid-western American town living in Dublin and if I’m honest, 16 days ago, I didn’t know much about violence against women

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Week of Prayer 2015 – Let there be Hope

Week of Prayer 2015 – Let there be Hope

The YWCA/YMCA Week of Prayer is a tradition dating back to 1904. Each year in the month of November, the YWCA and YMCA movements issue a joint call for prayer. A Message from the World YWCA President “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven

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Statement on the International Refugee Crisis

Statement on the International Refugee Crisis

The photographs are heart breaking and the media reports disturbing, tens of thousands of refugees fleeing death from war, persecution and hunger. As Europeans we acknowledge the humanitarian crisis that has unfolded on our doorstep and the intolerable human suffering endured by those entwined in its horrific reality. To the

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The Women’s World Cup: A Whole New Ball Game

The Women’s World Cup: A Whole New Ball Game

It was by accident that I happened to switch on to Nigeria v Sweden in the women’s World Cup. The matches usually kick off around midnight and there had been no great advance publicity. Also, I had only briefly watched the women’s game before, a number of years ago, when

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Nepal Call to Action: Request for Solidarity and Prayers

Nepal Call to Action: Request for Solidarity and Prayers

In solidarity and thoughts we pray for our sisters in Nepal following the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal, parts of India and Bangladesh on Saturday, 25 April 2015. The World YWCA was in immediate contact with the YWCA of Nepal and India on Saturday to share thoughts and prayers for

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The Passover to The Last Supper

The Passover to The Last Supper

(By Cynthia Wong, YWCA Ireland National Board) It started with a newborn Hebrew boy, Chosen by the Lord, protected by the midwives, Favoured by the royal princess who adopted him with joy, Moses is he who then secretly took a soldier’s life. Caught on this act and consumed with shame,

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‘Do you wanna build a snowman?’

‘Do you wanna build a snowman?’

In some parts of the country, especially in the North-west of Ireland, children perhaps have snowmen fatigue. Here in the balmy climes of Dublin, to my children’s disgust, there has been scant evidence of proper white stuff. Last week a light dusting deigned to stay put and a hasty miniature

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