HAMILTON, July 7 – YWCA Hamilton Chief Executive Officer Denise Doyle travels to Zurich this week participating as a member of the Canadian delegation at the World YWCA Council and the International Women’s Summit. From July 10 to 16, 2011, the World YWCA will convene the World Council providing an extensive platform for member associations to outline key recommendations for the agenda on women’s rights, empowerment and security.
Alongside the Council the 4th International Women’s Summit (IWS) will take place from July 12 – 13. The IWS will feature a wide range of activities, sessions and exceptional speakers to discuss the theme of “Women Creating a Safe World”, and to define safe, equitable and inclusive spaces and programs for women and girls in the context of Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and commitments to the Millennium Development Goals.
Participants will focus on defining a strong agenda for the future, mobilizing resources, sharing skills and best practices, and strengthening the capacity and networks of women globally to respond effectively. “It is pertinent we honour, nurture and encourage leadership of young women” says YWCA Hamilton CEO Denise Doyle, “defining a global model of safe spaces for women and girls will improve the status of women worldwide.”
Since 1898, every four years, the World YWCA has held its World Council and since 1999 it has organised the International Women’s Summit (IWS). Each Council has led to steps forward and brought achievements towards women’s rights throughout the world. The summit is this year’s largest global gathering of women leaders with 1000 participants from over 100 countries, including former presidents of Chile, Switzerland and Ireland.
The World YWCA seeks to develop the leadership and collective power of women and girls around the world to achieve justice, peace, health, human dignity, freedom and a sustainable environment for all people.