Since its inception in 2009, one of the primary activities of the GNWs has been to lead the production of an annual Global Shelter Data Count, which provides a snapshot of one day in violence against women shelters across the world.
In addition, the GNWS is responsible for holding a World Conference of Women’s Shelters, which brings together shelter delegates from around the world in order to share experiences and identify emerging priorities. The 1st world conference was held in Edmonton in 2008 while the 2nd World Conference took place in 2012 in Washington, DC. The 3rd World Conference of Women’s Shelters is being held in The Hague, Netherlands in November 2015.
The Global Network of Women’s Shelters has released the 2013 Global Data Count, providing a snapshot of one day in women’s shelters across the world in 2013.
In the 41 countries surveyed, in one day, 108 388 women and children were seeking refuge with 97 490 women and children served by these shelters. 10 898 women and children did not receive service due to lack of funding and space.
The 2013 Global Data Count is the 5th annual survey of its kind, through the support of 121 agencies across the world and administered by the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters , one of the members of the Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses.
A summary of the 2013 Global Data Count is available.