Global Network of Women's Shelters

Abaad and UNFPA have led a capacity building program that started in June 2018 and ended in December 2018. This was an effort by UNFPA Iraq to open a shelter in Baghdad and consolidating others in Kurdistan.
The aim was to reinforce the capacities of shelter staff on Human Right Based approach and shelter management
The event also aimed to share experiences and expertise between different governorates and parts of Iraq mainly Kurdistan Iraq which
has a long experience in running government women shelters.
This event also showed  their excitement towards the  4th World Conference and discussed the workshop that will be led by UNFPA Iraq in the shelter conference in Taiwan 2019.

16 reasons to go to the 4th World Conference of Women's Shelters (4WCWS) for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. Reason number one: Solidarity building. With 1,500 leaders on the front-line of ending gender-based violence, #4WCWS will be a great opportunity to network on a global and regional level. #16Days


16 days of activism, 16 reasons to go to 4WCWS

#2 Powerful speakers
4WCWS will feature leaders from civil society, government, the corporate sector and academia to present cutting-edge practices and visions for the future.

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Release of Shelter Voices 2018

Shelter Voices,  Women's Shelter Canada's fifth national survey of Violence Against Women shelters and transition houses, has just been released!
For this one-day snapshot, 215 transition houses and shelters were housing and helping a total of 3,613 women and 2,244 children fleeing violence.
47% of responding shelters were full on their snapshot day. The turnaway rate for women and children seeking shelter was 75%. These numbers suggest that a significant proportion of shelters are chronically over capacity, and staff testimony corroborates these numbers.
This edition of Shelter Voices focuses on the growing interest in offering pet sheltering programs for women leaving abusive relationships. In a recent study, researchers found that while threats to the safety of a household pet increased women's desire to leave, 56% delayed leaving due to concern about a pet's safety. 47% would have left earlier if they could have brought their pet to a shelter with them.