Global Network of Women's Shelters

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

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.



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.