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Equality for women is progress for all! Happy International Women's Day 2014!! Celebrate progress and speak out. Equality for women and girls enhances every community worldwide! #IWD #IWD2014 #WomensDay

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Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses released its first annual survey SHELTER VOICES on the state of emergency shelters in Canada.  On one day, 242 shelters in Canada helped 4,178 women and 2,490 children.

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16 Days logo in English Between November 25th and December 10th, women's shelters and crisis centres on every continent engage their communities as part of the vibrant annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign. The 2013 campaign theme is again: From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women! The impact of militarism on violence against women is a critical issue for many women and children who seek support at the women's centres, shelters, transition houses and networks that created GNWS. The impact of the rape of women as a war tactic has far reaching consequences to communities.

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2012 GNWS Global Shelter Data Count report cover On International Women's Day 2013, the Global Network of Women's Shelters released the findings of its 2012 Global Data Count. Highlighting the vital roles of participating women's shelters and shelter networks in 44 countries, the report describes barriers and successes faced by women and children and the women's shelters that help them. The Report's statistics and themes reflect the courage and resilience of the 106,108 women and children who sought refuge from domestic violence and other abuse at participating shelters worldwide. This included 1,133 women known to be pregnant who requested shelter on the count day.

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"A Promise is a Promise: Time for action to end violence against women" echoed across continents as women and girls celebrated progress and spoke out about the violence and other violations women and girls continue to endure in every community worldwide. See slideshows highlighting women's achievements and struggles, find out how African feminists have changed the world, and read feminist opinions on global priorities.

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We, the Global Network of Women's Shelters, call upon All Governments to develop and support targeted actions to prevent and respond to violence against women and children. Join women's shelters in our global Call to Action. Learn how you can be involved! 

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Stopping Violence Against Women and Girls is the priority of the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women's (CSW) 57th annual meeting from 4 to 15 March 2013. GNWS representatives ar presenting and participating in discussions focusing on prevention of violence and the provision of support services and responses to survivors of violence.

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