The Global Network of Women’s Shelters started as an initiative group at the first World Conference of Women’s Shelters in Alberta (Canada) and was the co-organizer of the second and third World Conference of Women's Shelters in 2012 and 2015. The fourth World Conference was organized by the Garden of Hope in Kaohsiung (Taiwan) in November 2019.
The World Conferences are meant to support and strengthen the women's shelters movement and give shelters a public platform. Prominent key-note speakers like Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, Reese Witherspoon and Denis Mukwege can support the shelter movement to promote the social change necessary to end violence and oppression against women and their children.
November 3-6, 2015 in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Hosted by Foundation of Women’s Shelters, the Netherlands, with support of the Dutch Government and lots of other sponsors. The conference was attended by 1000 delegates from 115 different countries. At the opening of the conference the first Women World News ever was presented. We broke the world record for one billion rising: under the inspiring guidance of Monique Wilson participants from 115 countries joined the one billion rising dance. http://third.worldshelterconference.org/ you find the final report, a short compilation of the highlights of the conference. On the website http://www.http://third.worldshelterconference.org/ you can find more video’s, photos and presentations given in the workshops.