THE FUTURE YOUNG WOMEN WANT: YWCA International Women’s Conference
Women’s Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Violence Against Women , and Women’s Economic Justice will be some of the topics under the theme “Embracing the Past, Nurturing the Present and Building the Future of Young Women’s Leadership” examination when the YWCA Barbados becomes the proud host of the inaugural YWCA North America and Caribbean Region Young Women’s Leadership Conference at the Hilton Barbados Resort June 20-22, 2013
It should be noted that “the YWCAs of Canada, the USA and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be hosting the first North American and Caribbean Regional Young Women’s Leadership Conference in Bridgetown, Barbados. This conference will be a leadership opportunity for young women to gather and focus on issues pertinent to them, their YWCAs and their countries. The seeds of this summit were born at the YWCA World Council 2011 by young women from Canada and the USA who connected with young women from the new World YWCA affiliates of Haiti and the US Virgin Islands.
She noted that the local 63 year old organisation had a membership base of over 200 persons from a wide cross section of girls and women from varying social and professional backgrounds and will be seeking to aggressively grow these numbers in the ensuing month.
Recently Ms Taylor noted, “we have had so many issues being brought squarely to the public’s attention including domestic violence, employment issues, and paternity testing that we believe that the benefits to redound from such an international gathering would auger well especially for the development of young women in Barbados”.
The motto of the YWCA Barbados is “United in Love and Service.” This is accompanied by their mission to promote empowerment, growth and development of women and girls while actively responding to relevant societal needs.
The North American and Caribbean Regional Young Women’s Leadership Conference will create a space for young women to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for effective leadership with the support and empowerment of YWCA leaders around the world. The areas of focus for the conference include Young Women’s Leadership, HIV/AIDS, Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Violence Against Women (VAW), Advocacy, Capacity Building, Women’s Economic Justice, and North/South partnership.
Over the course of the conference attendees will take in several activities including cultural night at George Washington House and numerous networking sessions.
Conference speakers will be drawn from US Virgin Islands, Barbados, USA, Haiti, Belize, Canada and Taiwan to name a few of the countries being represented.