The world Women’s Shelters conference is the largest and most diverse global gathering on protection services and prevention of violence against women.
Organized by the Global Network of Women’s Shelters and hosted by the Garden of Hope Foundation, the 4th World Conference of Women’s Shelters “4WCWS” was held in Kaohsiung on November 5-8, 2019 Taiwan. 4WCWS brought together 1,500 people from 120 countries to network and share ideas on how to strengthen women shelters and end violence against women. The theme of 4WCWS is “Impact Solidarity” to highlight the leading role that shelters play in developing systematic approaches to combatting gender-based violence.
This conference main propose was 4WCWS is strengthen the role of women shelters in systematic approaches to combating violence against women; reinforce, mobilize, and increase the effectiveness and influence of the global and regional shelter networks as leaders in the effort to end violence against women; kick-start global projects and initiatives to support women shelters and combat violence; and raise awareness among governments, international organizations, the corporate sector, and the general public about the problems of violence against women to stimulate actions to support shelters.
This conference participants will bring impact and solidarity and how can women empower and have positive improvement in all aspects of life which are include their education, work, marriage, literacy, their role in higher levels of government, parliaments, economics sectors, leadership, management, the important decision of national and international, social role, financial independence, citizenship, violation of women's rights, rape and sexual harassment, violence against women, their role in family affairs and children's development, creating associations and institutions related to women and share discussion with men in religious issues and other issues.
The first session Emerging Issues: This session was an open space for discussion on new and emerging issues such as data collection, privacy, LGBTQ shelter management, institutional abuse, and more. The second issue Art and Advocacy: From the Vagina Monologues to the #MeToo campaign, the arts and culture industry is a key player in changing public opinion on violence against women. This session will discuss using the arts to stop gender-based violence.
The third issue New Methods in Shelter Management and Social Work: This session will challenge participants to think out of the box about protecting survivors by looking at innovative systems, integration of resources, and services that meet the diverse needs of survivors.
The fourth issue Policy and Legislation: This session will critically examine international standards and goals, explore innovative strategies to improve accountability and coordination, and identify laws and policies that help protect victims and end abuse.
The fifth: Equality and Economic Empowerment: This session will look at ways to increase the productive earning power of women and develop inclusive communities, reduce poverty and violence, and empower women and girls.