The 2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters, hosted by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), will unite global activists and advocates in their efforts to focus on the best possible solutions to end violence against women. Thousands of individuals, representing 97 countries, who work with domestic and sexual assault survivors, are gathering for the first time in the nation’s capital to announce new ways to help women and children suffering from an epidemic that impacts one-in-three women worldwide. The conference began yesterday, Feb.27, and runs through Thursday, March 1 at the Gaylord National Hotel & Conference Center, National Harbor, MD.
According to NNEDV, approximately one billion women worldwide will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused by an intimate partner in the course of her lifetime.Results of the “2011 Domestic Violence Counts National Summary,” will be announced that show how many women and children sought refuge throughout the course of just one day in the United States.
For example, on just one day, September 15, 2011:
- 67,399 women and children – victims of domestic violence – needed to escape their home and found a place to go;
- 10,581 victims needed help but could not get it due to limited resources;
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline averaged more than 16 hotline calls every minute.
Advocates, activists, leaders and celebrities involved in the Conference will include:
- Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
- Reese Witherspoon, Actress, Avon Ambassador and Honorary Chair of the Avon Foundation
- Victor Rivers, Actor, Athlete, Activist, Author
- Judge Susan B. Carbon, Director of the United States Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women
- Global ambassadors and dignitaries concerned about the protection of women
- Leading international experts across many sectors including healthcare, public policy, shelter sustainability, women’s issues, economic empowerment and technology
- Survivors and family members who have been struck by tragedy, from a variety of backgrounds, ages and experiences
- Corporate leaders from Allstate Foundation, Avon and Avon Foundation and Verizon Foundation
- Gloria Gaynor, Singer and champion for women’s rights
- Sue Else, President, National Network to End Domestic Violence
Conference discussions will include the following:
- What happens when women with insecure immigration status are beaten, raped and need help?
- Cause of Death: The Story of Ten Murdered Women;
- Helping Families with Pets Find Safety ;
- Providing Services for Abuse in Later Life Survivors;
- Human trafficking survivors: Successes and Challenges Integrating Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Service;
- Technology Safety in a Digital World;
- The Economic Justice Institute, will explore common economic barriers and innovative approaches that have led to success;
- Working with Men & Boys to Promote Gender Violence Free Communities .
Full list can be found at http://www.worldshelterconference.org/.
Who: Advocates, Activists, Major Leaders And Celebrities From 97 Countries Unite In Washington, D.C. To Stop Violence Against Women
What: 2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters
Where: Gaylord National Hotel & Conference Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD (map)
When: Monday, February 27th through Thursday, March 1st, 2012
RSVP: Amy Terpeluk, firstname.lastname@example.org, (917) 826-2326
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