YWCA of Japan Statement: Call for immediate Stop of All Violence and Occupation of Palestine

According to media coverage, multiple locations in “Israel” were attacked by Hamas combatants in 7th October, and immediately afterwards the Gaza Strip has been exposed to Israeli attacks, resulting in a large number of deaths and injuries. The YWCA of Japan is receiving this situation with great shock. Our thoughts are with those whose lives were taken violently, those who have been deprived of their families, friends, homes and livelihoods, and those whose lives are threatened and are living in the midst of horror this moment.

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YWCA(Young Women’s Christian Association)is an international NGO where, upon a Christian foundation, women from around the world exceed the barriers of language and cultures and work together to encourage women’s participation in society and to realize a peaceful world where human rights, health and environment is protected. The movement began in Great Britain in 1855, and nowadays, it works in more than 100 countries throughout the world. The YWCA of Japan works with 24 local YWCAs and 37 junior and senior high-school YWCAs, and holds ESOSOC consultative status since 2019.