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March 19, 2010

Washington, D.C. (March 19, 2010) -- Two years from today, the U.S. National tNetwork to End Domestic Violence, as part of the Global Network of Women’s Shelters, will host the second World Conference of Women’s Shelters.  Representatives from 2,500 domestic violence shelters in more than 75 countries will descend upon Washington, D.C. March 19-22, 2012 to address some of the greatest challenges victims face.   

“We are very excited to announce the second World Conference of Women’s Shelters,” said Sue Else, president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence.  “By bringing together victim advocates and grassroots activists, we hope to make a real difference in the lives of domestic violence survivors and their children the world over.” 

Across the globe, at least one of three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime, usually by someone known to her. Violence against women is perhaps one of the most pervasive violations of human rights known today.  It is a major obstacle to women striving for equality, development and peace.   

“Violence against women and girls irrefutably denies them their basic human rights and fundamental freedoms of life, dignity and freedom from oppression,” Else said. “We are coming together united around the world to stop the violence that has plagued women for millennia.”                                                     

The conference will be an opportunity for the international community working to end violence against women to network, share proven innovations and learn from experts and one another.       T

he first World Conference of Women’s Shelters convened in Alberta, Canada in 2008 with approximately 800 delegates attending from 50 countries. 

Registration for the second World Conference of Women’s Shelters will open March 19, 2011.  For more information, visit