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The 4th World Conference of Women’s Shelters (4WCWS) will be held in Kaohsiung on November 5-8, 2019

Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen's Welcome Message

The World Conference of Women’s Shelters is the largest and most diverse global gathering on protection services and prevention of violence against women.

Organized by the Global Network of Women’s Shelters and hosted by the Garden of Hope Foundation, the 4th World Conference of Women’s Shelters (4WCWS) will be held in Kaohsiung on November 5-8, 2019. 4WCWS will bring together 1,500 people from 120 countries to network and share ideas on how to strengthen women shelters and end violence against women. The theme of 4WCWS is “Impact • Solidarity” to highlight the leading role that shelters play in developing systematic approaches to combatting gender-based violence.

Features of the 4th World Conference of Women’s Shelters
Solidarity building
With 1,500 leaders on the frontline of ending gender-based violence, 4WCWS will be a great opportunity to network on a global and regional level.

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.

Great content
The 4WCWS agenda has been developed in consultation with shelters all over the world to explore relevant issues and learn about best practices.

Lasting impact
4WCWS is part of the global movement to strengthen women’s shelters, build solidarity across borders, and end gender-based violence.

Goals of the 4th World Conference of Women’s Shelters
The goals of 4WCWS are to strengthen the role of women shelters in systematic approaches to combating violence against women; reinforce, mobilize, and increase the effectiveness and influence of the global and regional shelter networks as leaders in the effort to end violence against women; kick-start global projects and initiatives to support women shelters and combat violence; and raise awareness among governments, international organisations, the corporate sector, and the general public about the problems of violence against women to stimulate actions to support shelters.

Conference venue
The venue of 4WCWS is Kaohsiung Exhibition Center (KEC), No.39, Chenggong 2nd Road, Qianzhen Dist., Kaohsiung 806, Taiwan. See here for more information.

Key dates
October 5, 2018: Call for proposals opens
October 5, 2018: Scholarship applications open
November 2018: Registration opens
January 14, 2019: Deadline for proposals and scholarship applications
April 15, 2019: Early early-bird registration closes (extension)
August 31, 2019: Deadline for early-bird registration

Welcome from the host

Chi Hui-Jung, GOH CEO, GNWS Chair

It is my sincere pleasure and honor to extend to you a warm invitation to attend the 4th World Conference of Women’s Shelters (4WCWS) to be held on November 5-8, 2019 at the Kaohsiung Convention Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

4WCWS is jointly organized by the Garden of Hope Foundation, the Global Network of Women’s Shelters and the Asian Network of Women’s Shelters.

The theme of 4WCWS is “impact and solidarity”, which underpins the need for collaboration and cooperation of individuals from a wide range of professional backgrounds to improve shelter services and end violence against women.

Kaohsiung is an exceptional location for 4WCWS. A beautiful and modern metropolis located in southern Taiwan, Kaohsiung is the nation’s second largest city. The weather in November is sunny and comfortable, with a gentle breeze blowing in from the sea. Kaohsiung is a city of glamour, delicious food, unique mountain, sea, river and port features, a rich culture and a beautiful cityscape.

The 4WCWS agenda highlights the themes of solidarity and impact, creating opportunities for networking and exchanges, providing you with a platform to meet and interact with leaders, friends and colleagues, as well as sponsors and exhibitors, and explore new ideas and groundbreaking practices.

The social program includes southern Taiwanese cuisine, culture and arts, introductions to the breathtaking natural beauty of Taiwan, and study tours of local shelter and community organizations.

4WCWS will provide a wonderful forum for you to be inspired and energized with new knowledge and innovations in social work, advocacy, empowerment of women and girls, shelter management, and policy and strategy plans.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Taiwan for 4WCWS!

Original source: 4WCWS

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