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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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YWCA – YMCA Week of Prayer

YWCA – YMCA Week of Prayer

YWCA -YMCA week of prayer  For over a century the YWCA and YMCA movements have issued a joint call to pray in the month of November as an important reminder of the spiritual vision that drives their efforts to create a better world for all people. The week presents an

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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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From Istanbul to Ireland and beyond!

At the YWCA European Regional Meeting held last week in Stuttgart, YWCA Ireland proposed a resolution for our European network to lobby governments for the signing, ratification and effective implementation of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (more commonly known as the Istanbul Convention).

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YWCA Ireland Joins Turn Off the Red Light

YWCA Ireland Joins Turn Off the Red Light

In October 2014, following in depth discussion and prayerful consideration the YWCA Ireland National Board took an important step in formalizing their position on the issues of prostitution and sex trafficking. By becoming official partners of the Turn Off the Red Light Campaign we accept; that prostitution and sex trafficking are inextricably linked

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YWCA Week without Violence

YWCA Week without Violence

YWCA Week Without Violence The YWCA Week Without Violence is annual worldwide campaign that takes place in the third week of October to encourage communities to think and act towards a world without violence. Throughout the week activities focus on raising awareness, promoting attitude change and enabling individuals and organisations

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A Fond Farewell to Karen Mawhinney!

A Fond Farewell to Karen Mawhinney!

At the end of the September  the National Board and General Secretary bid a fond farewell to Karen Mawhinney. Karen served as National Office Administrator for six years and has been a wonderful supporter and champion of the YWCA. She has always brought a positive Christ centered attitude to all

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Surviving the new term!

Surviving the new term!

Its only mid September and it feels like it should be the half-term holidays already. Certainly the trees seem to agree with me, as they began shrugging off their leaves back in August, as if they were in a mighty rush to announce the onset of autumn. So, the kids

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Nigeria Focus: The Plague of Boko Haram

Nigeria Focus: The Plague of Boko Haram

Although Boko Haram have reportedly been in existence in Nigeria since 2002, they only truly began to cause havoc in the North, North – Eastern and Middle Belt regions of Nigeria through their military operations which began in 2009. They have been the cause of the religious conflicts going on

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World Cup Focus: If It Were Your Daughter

World Cup Focus: If It Were Your Daughter

We’re told it’s going to be emotional. As World Cup fever grips the soccer-loving nations of the world, the focus of many is firmly on the nation of Brazil. Sadly, however, not all of those travelling to Brazil are going for the football. Between half a million and two million

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