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November 25th is the annual International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. A World Health Organization (2005) study estimates that at least one in every three women globally will be beaten, raped, or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Given these horrendous statistics, we ask you to take time to think about the many women and girls in your family, workplace, neighborhood, school, community, country, and across the world. Then join our Global Call for Action to

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Nepal has a domestic violence law and its' constituent assembly is 33% women, yet Nepalese women and children are still facing significant and increasing violence. In response, several women's organisations, led by Sangat - an organisation that focuses on issues of women's rights and peace - came together to launch Nepal's 'One Billion Rising' (OBR) campaign. Well-known women's activist and GNWS's Interim Board co-chair Bandana Rana of Saaithi-Nepal, was master of ceremonies for Nepal's OBR launch. At the launch, Sagat's founder Kamla Bhasin asked: "What is the meaning of democracy if today one in three women suffers rape and violence? Imagine what we would feel like when a billion people will rise against it?"  

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We are pleased to announce that UN Women released a new Shelter Module in their Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence Against Women and Girls. This Shelter Module provides a wealth of ideas, frameworks, and resources that support women's shelters and safe spaces in their important work to end violence against women and girls worldwide.

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When the right people come together at the right time to do the right thing, then very little can go wrong. That was the general feeling at the first Asian Conference of Women's Shelters, held in Taipei on September 3-5, 2012, and attended by 103 delegates from 14 countries around the region. A major outcome of the Conference was the formation of an Asian Network of Women's Shelters.

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In December 2012, the newly formed African Network of Women's Shelters' steering committee gathered to create a pan African action plan in Kigali with the theme of: Women’s Safe Spaces: To strengthen and uphold women and their families' dignity. Countries represented included Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. 

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To mark International Women's Day, the Women's Aid Federation of England joined the Global Network of Women's Shelters to release the results of the 2011 Global Shelter Data Count alongside the Women's Aid charity's own unique Day to Count 2011 and 2011 Annual Survey of Domestic Violence Services. This counts aims to help highlight the worrying situation for women and children experiencing domestic violence.

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"The health status of women is linked to their fundamental freedoms and empowerment. Yet, societal and environmental factors including poverty, discrimination, and violence are undermining the advancement of women's health.  More than two-thirds of the world's refugees are women and children, and gender-based violence causes more deaths and disability among women aged 15 to 44 than cancer, malaria, and traffic accidents combined." Read more at the Huffington Post...