The Garden of Hope Foundation in cooperation with other Taiwanese partner organizations held a press conference in Taipei today(July 18, 2018. Taipei) to announce the dates and the venue of the 4th World Conference of Women’s Shelters (4WCWS) and launch the new website for the conference.
Held at the beautiful Rose Historic Site in central Taipei, the press conference was attended by representatives from the Taiwanese government as well as the Canadian, US and Dutch trade offices to hand the torch from the host nations of the previous three World Conferences to Taiwan.
The 1st World Conference was held in Edmonton, Alberta in 2008, the 2nd took place in Washington DC in 2012, the 3rd World Conference was held in the Netherlands in 2015, and 4WCWS will be held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on November 5-8, 2019.
Because all four hosts are baseballing nations, the press conference had a baseball theme, with representatives of the four countries walking around a mini baseball diamond in a symbol of bringing the 4th World Conference of Women’s Shelters to Taiwan on the home plate.
In March during the meeting of Global Network of Women’s Shelter Bandana Rana stepped down as chair of GNWS and Chi Hui-Jung was chosen as the new chair.
Chi Hui-Jung is the CEO of the Garden of Hope Foundation and a well-known Taiwanese activist, who pioneered advocating for the establishment of laws to prevent gender violence, initiated plans to build shelters for domestic violence survivors, and founded the Formosan Daughter Awards to encourage girls to challenge gender stereotypes.
Statement from Chi as the new chair of GNWS:
‘I would like to thank Bandana Rana for her leadership. She has been a wonderful ambassador for GNWS and a great leader for not just the shelter movement, but for women all over the world. Although she is stepping down in her official position as GNWS chair, we know that she will continue to work for shelters and fight to end violence against women. As the new chair of GNWS I will continue to strengthen GNWS as a networking platform for shelter organizations and domestic violence protection and prevention organizations. Actions will continue to focus on
three main interlocking areas: advocacy, research & development and networking.'
We know that - although Bandana is stepping down in her official position as GNWS chair, she will continue to work for shelters and fight to end violence against women.
GNWS will continue to work as a networking platform and peak body for shelter organizations and domestic violence protection and prevention organizations. Actions will continue to focus on three main interlocking areas: advocacy, research and development and networking.
In the next two years as we lead up to the 4th World Conference of Women’ Shelters, GNWS will provide networking opportunities to members through the conference, and strengthen distribution of research tools and resource materials to make knowledge available to members.
GNWS advocacy will be informed by research and development to help member organizations effectively use international platforms and human rights instruments to campaign for structural reform in their countries and regions. GNWS will also continue to promote shelter services at CSW and other global gatherings.
I look forward to working closely with the new co-chairs – Cindy Soutworth from USA and Julie Oberin from Australia - and the rest of the board of directors, and meeting and learning from other members of the GNWS family in the lead up to and beyond the 4th World Conference.
Women’s Shelters Canada is hosting its first national conference June 13-15, 2018, in Ottawa! Bringing together 600 people, this will be a unique opportunity for shelter and transition house (TH) workers to share and learn from their peers. It is also a chance for partners, policy makers, researchers, activists, and others to engage with the shelter sector. The conference will offer practical opportunities for learning, knowledge sharing, and collaboration via workshops, panel presentations, and forum discussions.
In Canberra (Australia), a micro-finance scheme has been established to offer no-interest loans to survivors of family violence, -with a focus on those who earn too much to qualify for government assistance but too little to manage essential costs-. Canberra coordinators raised $275,000 to support the program.