After the Global Network of Women's Shelters was founded, we needed to come up with a temporary governance model to use until we could expand membership enough to become a global board with proportional regional representation. For this interim stage it was decided that all the people and agencies who founded, and continued to be active in GNWS would be members of the Interim Board.
It was decided that this interim body would have an Executive Committee led by 2 co-chairs representing the northern and southern hemisphere: Sue Else of the US National Network to End Domestic Violence (north) and Bandana Rana of Saathi-Nepal (south). GNWS also has 3 Committees -- Membership and Governance, Policy, and, Communications and Awareness. The chair of each committee also sits on the Executive Committee.
This GNWS Interim Board is composed of 20 shelter oganizations from 17 countries/regions including: Armenia, Australia, Europe, Canada, Denmark, England, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sweden, United States, and Vietnam.
Listed below, are the founding and current agencies and members of the Interim Board.
|Europe||Armenia||Women's Right Center - Susanna Vardanyan|
|Oceania||Australia||WESNET (The Women's Services Network) - Julie Oberin, Margaret Augerinos, Shirley Slann|
|Europe||Europe||Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) - Rosa Logar, Maria Rösslhumer|
Alberta Council of Women's Shelters (ACWS) - Jan Reimer
A Safe Place - Patricia Vargas
|Europe||Denmark||Danner - Maria Stetter Rubin|
Women's Aid Federation of England - Nicola Harwin
Imkaan - Marai Larasi
|Europe||Iceland||Stigamot - Gudrun Jonsdottir|
|Asia||Israel||Naamat Israel- Ruth Ozery|
|Europe||Italy||D.i.Re - Donne in Rete contro la violenza (national umbrella organization) - Anna Pramstrahler, Marcella Pirrone|
|Latin America||Mexico||Refugios-Mujeres Red Nacional de Refugios para Mujeres - Rosa María Salazar|
|Asia||Nepal||Saathi-Nepal - Bandana Rana|
Federation of Shelter Organisations (Dutch umbrella organisation) - Riekje Kok, Liesbeth van Bemmel
|Asia||Pakistan||Gender Responsive Policing Project - Khola Iram|
|Africa||Rwanda||Rwanda Women Community Development Network - Mary Balikungeri|
|Europe||Sweden||Swedish Association of Women’s Shelters and Young Women’s Empowerment Centres, SKR (Sveriges Kvinno- och Tjejjourers Riksförbund, SKR) - Katarina Bjökgren, Olga Persson|
|North America||United States||
National Network to End Domestic Violence - Sue Else, Cindy Southworth, Kaofeng Lee, Cynthia Fraser, Krista Niemczyk
Day One® - Colleen Schmitt
|Asia||Vietnam||Domestic Violence Prevention Network in Vietnam (Mạng lưới phòng chống bạo lực gia đình tại Việt Nam) - Van Anh Nguyen|
|The Americas||The Americas||Inter American Network of Women's Shelters (Red Interamericana de Refugios RIRE) - Margarita Guillé Tamayo|
One goal of the Interim Governing Board is to promote and support the development of regional networking so that the future GNWS Governing Board will have balanced representation from each global regions.