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.