Belize’s Special Envoy, YWCA and UN Women Promote Gender Equality During YWCA Week Without Violence

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Bangkok, Thailand – The World YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association);UN Women; Belize’s Special Envoy for Women and Children, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow; and the YWCA of Thailand will host a media roundtable on gender equality and women’s empowerment, on Friday, 16 October, in Bangkok, Thailand. The roundtable will take place during the “YWCA Week without Violence”, an annual global campaign to stop violence in all its forms by raising awareness, promoting attitude change and enabling individuals to take positive steps toward ending violence in their communities.

The roundtable session will focus on the role of gender equality and women’s empowerment in creating a more peaceful world, while highlighting programmes, solutions and approaches that can make a difference. The session is scheduled for the last day of the World YWCA Council, during which some 600 YWCA members from around the world will come together in Bangkok to discuss the organisation’s future direction and share best practices for responding to the realities and inequalities that women, young women and girls continue to face globally.

We invite you to attend this roundtable discussion.

  • Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, Belize’s Special Envoy for Women and Children, Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics, and Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize
  • Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary General and UN Women Executive Director
  • Mrs Deborah Thomas-Austin, President, World YWCA
  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Janjira Wongkhomthong, President, YWCA of Thailand
  • Mrs. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary, World YWCA (moderator)
WHAT:   Media roundtable on women’s equality and empowerment during World YWCA’s Week Without Violence
WHEN:   Friday, 16 Oct, 13h to 14h
WHERE:   Centara Grand at Central Plaza, Ladprao Bangkok 1695 Phaholyothin Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900 Room: Mezzanine, Krungthep 2


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To RSVP or for more information

Please contact any of the following people:

Kathleen Maksymec
Head of Communications, World YWCA
Email: Tel: +41 79 299 88 86

Montira Narkvichien
Regional Communications Specialist, UN Women Asia Pacific
E-mail: Tel: +66 2 288 1579

Dhanimporn Sunsirichai
YWCA of Bangkok
Email: Tel:+66 089 819 6389

Diego De La Rosa
Regional HeForShe Campaign Coordinator, UN Women Asia Pacific
E-mail: Tel: +66 2 288 2256

About the World YWCA

Founded in 1855, the World YWCA is a global women’s-rights, faith-based organisation that advances the empowerment, leadership and rights for some 25 million women and girls in more than 120 countries worldwide. The World YWCA advocates for peace, justice, human rights and care for the environment and has been at the forefront of raising the status of women for more than a century. Through advocacy, training and development, the World YWCA empowers women, including young women, to lead social change.

About UN Women

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization’s goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. The main roles of UN Women are:

  • To support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms.
  • To help Member States to implement these standards, standing ready to provide suitable technical and financial support to those countries that request it, and to forge effective partnerships with civil society.
  • To lead and coordinate the UN system’s work on gender equality as well as promote accountability, including through regular monitoring of system-wide progress.

About the First Lady of Belize, the Special Envoy for Women & Children

Kim Simplis Barrow, the First Lady of Belize, is Belize’s Special Envoy for Women & Children. She is also the Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics and Founder and Director of the Lifeline Foundation, which raises thousands of dollars annually to aid disenfranchised children. Her two major projects as Special Envoy for Women & Children are a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit being constructed at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and the Inspiration Centre, which offers healthcare and therapy for children with disabilities. She has also hosted national conferences on ending violence against children and improving the situation of women entrepreneurs in Belize.

About the YWCA of Thailand

Established in 1935, the YWCA of Thailand is driven by the power of women volunteers and members to develop women’s leadership. The organisation energizes women, young women and girls from across the country to uphold human rights, security, safety, health, justice, freedom and peace and environmental sustainability.