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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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Brazil So Far!

Brazil So Far!

If you are reading this and seeing my face for the first time, I will give you a quick background on who I am and what I am doing so that you are not completely lost. My name is Katherine (Kat) Duncan, I’m 25 years old from a little village

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Are we nearly there yet? Bringing Beijing home!

Are we nearly there yet? Bringing Beijing home!

There is no doubt that 1995 was a pivotal year for women.  At the Fourth Women’s Conference in Beijing the pertinent issues facing women were highlighted and a historic political commitment to women’s rights was made. This commitment is more formally known as the Beijing Platform for Equality, Development and

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Reflections on the European Regional Meeting

Reflections on the European Regional Meeting

I wasn’t altogether sure what to expect of the European Regional Meeting. As a new addition to the YWCA Ireland National Board, I was very conscious that I was still finding my feet and learning about the work of YWCA in Ireland, let alone across Europe! I looked forward with

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