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February 27, 2012

Thousands of individuals, representing 96 countries, who work with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, are gathering for the first time in the United States to announce new solutions to help women and children suffering from violence that impacts one-in-three women globally. Approximately one billion women worldwide will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused by an intimate partner in the course of her lifetime.

Attending advocates include leading international experts in healthcare and public policy; survivors and family members who have been struck by tragedy; and front-line advocates doing life-saving work everyday. We are also pleased to be joined by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark; Actress, Avon Ambassador and Honorary Chair of the Avon Foundation, Reese Witherspoon; Actor, Athlete, Activist, Author Victor Rivers; Singer and champion for women’s rights, Gloria Gaynor; Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, Valerie Jarrett; Director of the United States Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women, Susan B. Carbon; United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, Ambassador Melanne Verveer; corporate leaders from The Allstate Foundation, Avon and Avon Foundation for Women, and Verizon Foundation.

Global ambassadors and dignitaries joining Crown Princess Mary of Denmark include Ambassador Peter Taksøe-Jensen (Danish Embassy), Ambassador Shankar Sharma (Nepal Embassy), Ambassador Constancio Pinto (Timor-Leste), and Secretary of State for the Promotion of Equality Idelta Rodrigues (Timor-Leste).

“The sheer number of women and the girls in the world who are suffering from violence and oppression reinforces the monumental significance of the World Conference of Women’s Shelters,” said National Network to End Domestic Violence President Sue Else. “This conference is bringing together a global community of advocates who are united around a common goal: to implement real change in the lives of women from all over the world.”

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