International Women's Summit
The World YWCA is hosting its fourth International Women's Summit (IWS) under the theme "Women Creating a Safe World ”. The IWS will be held in Zurich, Switzerland, on July 12-13, 2011 as part of its 27th World Council. This follows on the 2007 summit whose theme was "Changing Lives, Changing Communities: Women’s Leadership Making a Difference on HIV and AIDS".
Following the ground-breaking International Women's Summit (IWS) on Women’s leadership on HIV and AIDS held in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2007, the World YWCA and its partners will host World Council 2011 and its fourth IWS in Zurich, Switzerland from July 12-13, 2011, around the theme: “Women Creating a Safe World ”.
The IWS will broadly discuss this theme and further define equitable, safe and inclusive spaces and programmes for women, thus advancing CEDAW and MDG commitments.
Safe space is about the personal, economic and political security of women and girls, their right to live free from violence, to make choices about where to live and work, to move freely and participate in all facets of democracy, as well as to have full access to sexual and reproductive health services, including universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.
With community centres around the world, the YWCA is renowned for helping provide safe places where women, young women and girls may become empowered and lead change in a setting free of discrimination, stigma or prejudice.