Feminist network promoting human rights of women and children

WAVE Comments on CEDAW Recommendation No. 19

The WAVE Network very much welcomes the initiative of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) to update the General Recommendations No. 19 on violence against women. A call for submissions was released in August 2016. On 30 September 2016, the WAVE office submitted comments on the draft update of general recommendations No. 19 (1992) on gender-based violence against women. WAVE very much welcomes the engagement of CEDAW to accelerate the elimination of violence against women, believing that the draft recommendations should provide concrete guidance on policies and measures needed to prevent violence against women, such as: the call for a 24/7 helpline; the definition of rape should not be based on the use of force but the absence of consent; and the problem of mandatory dispute resolution in cases of gender-based violence.

WAVE Comments to UN Call

WAVE recently commented on the Call for Submission to all Stakeholders on gaps in incorporating and implementing international and regional standards on violence against women. The comments were submitted in Vienna on 1 October 2016. WAVE welcomes the initiative of the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women to publish a call for submissions on these issues. We see the gaps as a sign of grave concern, particularly the huge scale of various forms of violence women and girls still experience in all regions of the world. The full comments are available here. For more information, feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Project Coordinator in the WAVE Office.

Save the Date! 18th WAVE Conference

BerlinIt is official! The 18th WAVE Conference will be taking place on 19-21 October 2016 in Berlin, Germany! Register now by accessing the REGISTRATION FORM

The preliminary conference program is now available online.

                                                        Mark your calendars, and see you this autumn in Berlin.

Press Release - Missing Specialist Services

On 1 August 2016, WAVE issued a press release on the findings of the WAVE Report 2015. The press release summarizes the results of the research conducted for the WAVE Report 2015, and points out that while many countries throughout Europe have set up specialist service provision for women survivors of violence, such service provision is still scarcely available.

This includes limited availability of women's helplines, shelters, and centres. Additionally, access for women from various backgrounds is limited, including for differently abled women. The press release can be downloaded here.