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The United Nations (UN) is being urged to put pressure on governments around the world to act after figures reveal the prevalence of violence against women in countries as far apart as Britain and Nicaragua. The alarming Health Poverty Action figures highlight worrying trends in Nicaragua in particular, where there were 51 femicides in the first half of 2011. Read the full article in the UK Morning Star.

In 2010, GNWS selected the U.S. National Network to End Domestic Violence to host the 2nd World Conference of Women's Shelters from February 27 - March 1, 2012.  That conference is now requesting workshop and session proposals.

On March 2, 2010, representatives from the Global Network of Women's Shelters presented on the important work of women's shelters at the 54th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

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In an historic move, the United Nations General Assembly voted unanimously to create a new entity, UN Women, to speed up their progress in meeting the needs of women and girls worldwide. This is a result of years of advocacy by the global women’s movement and negotiations between UN Member States. read more...

In April 2009, representatives from various shelter networks and global regions met to discuss issues impacting women and girls surviving violence. On April 28, 2009, they founded the Global Network of Women's Shelters and agreed on it's Vision and Purpose.

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