The Council of Europe recently published the training of trainers manual "Effective Multi-agency Co-operationfor Preventing and Combating Domestic Violence". Developed by Rosa Logar and Branislava Marvánová Vargová from the WAVE Network, the manual aims 'to serve as a resource for trainers to explore some of the benefits and key principles of multi-agency work for supporting victims of domestic violence and violence against women.
It is official! The 18th WAVE Conference will be taking place on 19-21 October 2016 in Berlin, Germany!
Mark your calendar, and see you this autumn in Berlin!
Because in all countries - regardless of political system, religious beliefs and traditions - what judges and courts say have a tremendous influence on the sense of Justice and on women's day-to-day life, the international human rights organisations Women's Link Worldwide has created the Gender Justice Uncovered Awards.
Published in March 2016, the WAVE Thematic Paper "Access to Justice for Women Victims of Violence: Analysis and Key Tenets of International Law and Practice in the Field" was developed by lawyer Genoveva Tisheva, also working at the WAVE Member organisation in Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation (BGRF). The thematic paper 'explores the notion of access to justice for women victims of violence, as well as barriers to such access, including gender stereotyping and additional vulnerabilities.
The Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) adopted its questionnaire to monitor the implementation of the Istanbul Convention by state Parties, on the occasion of its Fifth Meeting in Paris, 9-11 March 2016.
While the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York (14-24 March 2016), WAVE - which is this year represented by a delegation of 14 members from 8 countries - was invited to present a statement at the High-level interactive dialogue among Ministers: Building alliances for gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on Wednesday 16th of March. The statement was delivered by WAVE President Rosa Logar.
To be launched in April 2016, the WAVE Step up! campaign aims at improving the availability and access to quality specialised support services for women survivors of violence and their children in Europe, calling on decision-makers on the national and European level to provide adequate and sustainable funding to autonomous NGOs providing these life-saving services.
In February 2016, WAVE published a report titled "WAVE Mapping - Administrative Data Collection by Women's Support Services in Europe: National Women's Helplines, Women's Shelters, and Women's Centers" which explores the situation of data collection in specialist women’s support services in Europe with the aim to map existing data collection methods and systems in Europe (in the European Union and other European countries).
In 2015, WAVE published a six-page information leaflet on the WAVE Network, targeted at current Network Members and Prospective Members. The leaflet provides a list of the 112 member organisations that comprise the network (as of December 2015), information on membership - how to become a member, and benefits of being part of the network - as well as on the role of the WAVE Information Center in providing information and support to survivors, professionals and member organisations, including in cross-border cases of violence against women, and a list of women's helplines in 46 European Countries.