The World YWCA is hosting its fourth International Women's Summit (IWS) under the theme "Women Creating a Safe World" 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.
More information and registration available online.
International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society
The 2011 Conference theme focuses on the multiple ways that equality and inequality are articulated through sexuality. The meeting will explore diverse situations and issues of (in)equality with regard to sexuality in the global arena, bringing together researchers, advocates, policymakers and practitioners to critically share their strategies and challenges that inform and inspire new forms of action and thinking about sexuality.
The Weekends of Recovery program is divided into two levels: Level I Weekends are open to all male survivors ages eighteen and older, regardless of where they are in their recovery process. Advanced Weekends are open only to alumni of MaleSurvivor Level I Weekends.
Goals of the Level I Weekend of Recovery
1. To provide an opportunity to experience a safe environment in which participants can discover they are no longer alone in their recovery
2. To provide an opportunity to co-create and experience safety with other survivors as they explore further aspects of their healing journey
3. To provide an opportunity where survivors can share their inner pain, strength and hope with others who have been abused
4. To provide an opportunity for survivors to give a voice to their experiences as a survivor
5. To provide a safe way for participants to share the story of their abuse with others who will understand and offer support
6. To provide a safe place for participants to experiment with letting go, opening up and being vulnerable, and practice asking for the support they need
7. To provide an opportunity for participants to explore safe ways of going beyond their comfort zones, and to find ways to get beyond their blocks to move beyond their abuse to experience a greater sense of freedom in their minds, bodies, and spirits and
8. To provide a safe place where participants can experience a sense of community, brotherhood and joy.
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