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INTERNATIONAL WORKING GROUP
Transcript of INTERNATIONAL WORKING GROUP
INTERNATIONAL WORKING GROUP The International Working Group is composed
of volunteers from the community who work
together to foster partnerships with Ys from
across the globe. PEACE WEEK Each year YMCAs and YMCA-YWCAs across
Canada dedicate the third week in November
to celebrate PEACE WEEK! PEACE MEDAL Meet our 2011 recipient! PARTNERSHIPS CASA TIJUANA CASA PIEDRAS NIGRAS CASA CANADA
Juarez, Mexico MEXICO: Juarez
The Prairie YMCAs, YMCA-YWCAs of Winnipeg & Guelph
raised the capital to build CASA CANADA in Juarez, Mexico.
Juarez is one of the most dangerous border towns in Mexico. Casa Canada provides refuge to migrant youth and children who have been detained or deported from the United States. Shelter, counselling and family reunification support help to keep vulnerable children and youth away from the dangerous streets of Juarez. Mexico: Tijuana
The YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg, YMCA-YWCA of Guelph and YMCA Regina support the YMCA of Baja California, Mexico's Casa Tijuana project which provides refuge to migrant youth and children who have been detained or deported from the United States. Shelter, counselling and family reunification support help to keep vulnerable children and youth away from the dangerous streets of Tijuana. URUGUAY The YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg has had a partnership with the YMCA in Uruguay
for over 30 years! The partnership expanded in the last few years to include the YMCA of Regina and the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph. Most recently the partnership efforts are focused on providing training and workshops for staff and volunteers on special projects, strategic planning, micro and macro economic and social tendencies, and fundraising campaigns. We partner with the local Y in San Jose, Uruguay to support their Children and Youth Centres. The centres provide participants with child care, food, programming, counselling and assistance with homework and encouragement to continue with education. The project directly targets youth at risk. The Canadian Ys in the partnership have shipped fitness equipment that is being used in branch Ys in Montevideo and San Jose, which have enhanced their ability to attract and retain members. HONDURAS
We provide financial support to YWCA Canada's International Cooperation Committee's partnership with the YWCA of Honduras. The partnership is focused on sustainably developing the YWCA in Honduras, by providing assistance with leadership development, strategic planning and good governance processes. FOLLOW US! Thank you MCIC for supporting the Casa program in Mexico! BRANCH POSTERS! Although YMCAs and YMCA-YWCAs teach peace building activities year round, this week places special emphasis on exploring peace from a personal, community and international perspective. The Y teaches children and youth about the many dimensions of peace and how they can make the world a better place at home and abroad. Watch for our posters in your local branch! An advocate and activist for human rights and social justice, Bre Woligroski has changed lives. She was selected as the Peace Medal recipient for her many acts focusing “on long term, sustainable impact on individuals and communities.” Just 31 years old, Bre has been involved in numerous justice initiatives: she was chosen as the official Canadian representative for the World Student Christian Federation’s Identity Diversity Dialogue Program in Thailand, speaking on issues of gender justice; she currently serves on several Boards including the Feminist Alliance for International Action and the World Student Christian Federation Global Board. She founded the Menno Simons College Social Justice Fair (now an annual event); she helped coordinate Take Back the Night in 2009 and 2011, marching to end violence against women in Winnipeg; she facilitates workshops and speaks publicly on gender equality. And as a volunteer delegate to the United Nations 52nd Commission on the Status of Women, she offered wording suggestions to the Agreed Conclusions that now influence gender equality worldwide. These are just a few of her many, many initiatives. “Bre demonstrates the values and qualities of peace in that she works for justice and understanding in ways which are culturally sensitive and relevant. She is gentle and responsive to the people around her, yet is firm in her commitment to social justice and equality.”
- Nominator Bre Woligroski The International Working Group (IWG) has launched several partnership days with Ten Thousand Villages, as part of a national initiative that sees YMCAs and YMCA-YWCAs across Canada work with local Ten Thousand Villages stores in order to unite our similar missions to increase awareness of global issues. We raise awareness of global issues in our community, and create opportunities for individuals to actively contribute to building
peace both at home and abroad. Participants from Winnipeg, Regina and Guelph took part in a one month exchange to Uruguay in the winter of 2012! About 4,000 youth detained at the border are helped by Casa each year About 80% are reunited with their families It's $54 a day to house a youth at Casa In the summer of 2012, Pedro visited the
YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg from Uruguay
as part of the youth Exchange.