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March 8, 2013

NNEDV joins today's celebration of International Women's Day. First observed in the early 1900s, International Women's Day has grown into a global day of recognizing and honoring women and all of those who have championed the movement toward equal rights for women and girls.  This year's theme, "The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum," celebrates the progress we have made toward achieving equality, while also acknowledging the continued need for further positive change.

NNEDV is proud to be part of this global momentum advocating for the safety and equality of women everywhere.  "NNEDV's work reflects a deep commitment to improving the quality of women's lives, and we are excited to join advocates around the world in honoring this important day," said Kim Gandy, President and CEO of NNEDV.

This week, NNEDV Vice President Cindy Southworth presented about the power of networks and alliances with fellow Global Network of Women's Shelters (GNWS) board members from Australia and the UK at a UN Commission on the Status of Women parallel event.  She spoke about the power of coming together to gain momentum in ending violence against women through US state coalitions, the U.S. national network and national taskforces, through the GNWS, and the Interamerican Network of Women's Shelters (RIRE).  "NNEDV was honored to host 1,500 advocates from around the globe one year ago to connect, learn, and share strategies. We are thrilled to build on this international momentum since the collective power of many advocates joined together far exceeds the work we can do alone."

As an organization whose membership is comprised of the 56 state-wide and territorial domestic violence and dual domestic and sexual violence coalitions, their more than 2,000 local domestic violence programs, and the millions of victims they serve, NNEDV leads the United States in developing resources and policies that are directly informed by the service needs and systems gaps experienced by victims of domestic violence and their children.

Through its comprehensive training and technical assistance, NNEDV serves as an important source of information and support to survivors, coalitions, victim advocates, law enforcement and legal system personnel, legislators, governmental agencies, corporations and other organizations.  Its signature projects showcase NNEDV as a leading force nationally and internationally in addressing the intersections of violence against women and key areas necessary to advance women's equality, including research and documentation, legislative advocacy, economic justice, and technology.

  • The annual National Census of Domestic Violence Services documents the domestic violence services provided nationwide, the demand for help from survivors and their children, the gap in resources that exists, and emerging trends that impact victims' access to safety and justice.
  • WomensLaw, a project of NNEDV, provides state-specific, plain-language legal information to survivors and advocates, empowering women with the resources and knowledge they need in order to demand and exercise their legal rights.
  • The Economic Justice Project leads the field in providing advocates with tools and resources to help victims of violence secure financial independence and economic stability. Additionally, the Project advocates for policies and systems change to ensure the economic rights of women.
  • Addressing the intersection of gender violence and technology, the Safety Net Project provides unparalleled information and resources to the field on a variety of issues, including addressing how technology can be misused to harm as well as harnessed as a tool for safety and equality, and encouraging the development of safe technologies and policies that improve services and increase security for survivors.
  • NNEDV is a leading force in advocating for federal legislation and administrative policies that improve survivors' access to safety, services, and justice; ensure protections for survivors in areas such as housing, technology, economic justice, confidentiality, and healthcare; and advance women's equality. Founded to lead the passage of the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994, NNEDV continues to be a leader in the work to reauthorize and fund VAWA and in other critical policies areas.
  • In addition to its national leadership, NNEDV, co-founder of the Global Network of Women's Shelters and host of the 2nd World Conference of Women's Shelters in 2012, has emerged as an international leader on issues of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Through its international work, NNEDV contributes its knowledge and expertise to the global movement of addressing violence against women and girls and working toward women's equality world-wide.

"International Women's Day is an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come and, at the same time, be reminded of how much work there is left to do to achieve equality for women," said Gandy, "Today, and every day, NNEDV is proud to be dedicated to creating an economic, political, and social environment in which violence against women no longer exists."