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Advocates Convene at 3rd World Conference of Women’s Shelters

November 1, 2015

The 3rd World Conference of Women’s Shelters (WCWS) is being held this week in The Hague. This global conference brings together advocates from around the world to share information, collaborate, and demonstrate solidarity with survivors across all borders. The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is thrilled to both attend and participate in this conference as part of a larger U.S. delegation.

In 2012, NNEDV hosted the 2nd WCWS in Washington, DC bringing together nearly 1,500 delegates from 84 countries dedicated to ending gender-based violence. This year, we look forward to nurturing relationships across borders and sharing information and promising practices with advocates from around the world. Though NNEDV primarily works in the United States, we look forward to exploring and expanding international collaborations to reinforce the global movement to end domestic and sexual violence.

We are delighted to announce that two of our teams, Safety Net and Positively Safe, will be presenting at the 3rd WCWS. Cindy Southworth, NNEDV Executive Vice President, will also be participating in a plenary panel discussion about technology, innovation, and violence against women.

  • Positively Safe will be presenting a workshop entitled Building Partnerships between HIV/AIDS and DV Programming to Improve Services and Safety. This workshop will focus on increasing knowledge about the intersection of HIV/AIDS and domestic violence and will also help programs from around the world to identify methods of building and enhancing partnerships with HIV/AIDS programs in their country.
  • Safety Net will be presenting two workshops:
    • Addressing Violence Against Women? There’s an app for that! This session will discuss various available mobile safety applications, privacy and security recommendations, and considerations to think about when choosing an application to best meet your needs.
    • Technology, Privacy, and Safety and Violence Against Women. This presentation will discuss Safety Net’s innovations over the past 13 years – changing the way NGOs, governments, funders, and technology companies understand technology and women’s safety concerns.

Hosted by the Dutch Foundation of Women’s Shelters and its partners, the 3rd WCWS will be held in from November 3-6 in the Netherlands.