|The conference takes place in Taiwan from 5 to 8 of November.
The conference is the world’s largest international gathering on the protection of women and the prevention of violence against women. It is co-organized by the Garden of Hope Foundation and the Global network of Women’s shelters (GNWS).
This is the first time the conference has been held in Asia. In previous years, WCWS took place in Canada, the US and the Netherland. Some 1,4000 delegates from 100 countries will discuss 5 keys issues over 7 plenary sessions, 63 workshops and 13 side events from 4 to 8 November.
The theme of this year conference is “Impact and Solidarity”, and Chi Hui -Jung, CEO of the Garden of Hope Foundation and chairperson of the GNWS, said that the aim of the conference was to use knowledge sharing, ideas exchange and mutual support to create impact. Emerging issues such as protection of women with disablilites, LGBTQ people , and migrant women… all bring to the fore the importance of global solidarity.
Speaking at the conference, the leader of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-Wen praised the women’s rights advocates at the conference for their tireless efforts and substaintial contributions, saying that their conviction and leadership will make the world a better place.
According to United Nations statistics, a total of 87,000 women were intentionally killed in 2017, of whom 58% were killed by intimate partners of family members. Violence against women can manifest in various forms: physical violence, sexual exploitation, verbal abuse, emotional manipulation and mental abuse. Such violence can have a detrimental effect on women’s physical and mental health as well as their productivity at home an in the workplace.PSNews