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Over 1000 advocates and activists representing 115 countries participated in many amazing and inspiring conversations at the 3rd World Conference of Women’s Shelters, held in The Hague, The Netherlands, from the 3 - 6 November 2015! 

On the final day of the conference, November 6, 2015, conference participants adopted our  2015 Call to Action to prevent and end violence against women and children.

Watch the final video of conference highlights:

 Visit GNWS's YouTube Channel to watch many more wonderful presentations from the 3rd World Conference of Women's Shelters!


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3 - 6 November 2015 - The Netherlands

We would like to invite you to participate in the 
3rd World Conference of Women's Shelters.

Violence against women is still widespread and is perhaps the greatest crime against humanity of all time. During the conference we contribute to the elimination of this violence by learning from each other, sharing new insights and field-testing them, and reinforcing the position of women's shelters and the national and international networks around them.

After the conferences in 2008 (Edmonton, Canada) and in 2012 (Washington, USA) this 3rd World Conference will be hosted in 2015 the Hague, The Netherlands. With this conference we aim to give an impetus to a broad, new coalition to stop violence against women and children by involving partners such as political, business, and international organisations and by initiating concrete actions and projects.


We invite you to REGISTER your INTENTION attending the conference. By doing so, we will be able to determine how many of you would like to attend. We invite you also to submit ideas for contribution to the content of the conference. In addition, we would like to get an idea how many people might need assistance in finding funding for their participation.

If you have any funds left for his year, you can already pre-pay the conference fee and/or donate for supporting other participants.

Please visit our website: for more information.

We are looking forward to receiving your INTENTION REGISTRATION!


Femke Halsema
Women's Shelters The Netherlands

Bandana Rana
Global Network of Women's Shelters



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.


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! 


Around the world, thousands of women and their allies work day and night to respond to, address and eliminate violence against women and girls. They create and staff independent women's shelters, refuges, safe homes, rape crisis programs, women's rights organizations, anti-violence centres and other projects that provide crucial services.