Global Network of Women's Shelters


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.

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

There is ONE YEAR to go until the 4th World Conference of Women's Shelters! As the countdown officially begins, it's time to start making plans by signing up, submitting a workshop proposal, raising funds, and spreading the word among your networks! #4WCWS

The details on the procedure to participate/sign-up or submit proposals can be found in the 4th World Conference of Women Shelters website ( 

Key dates

  • October 5, 2018: Call for proposals opens
  • October 5, 2018: Scholarship applications open
  • November 2018: Registration opens
  • January 7, 2019: Deadline for proposals and scholarship applications
  • March 2019: Early early-bird registration closes