The WAVE Network, established in 1994 as an informal network, is a legal entity since 2014 and a formal network NGO composed of European women’s NGOs working in the field of combating violence against women and children. The WAVE Network aims to promote and strengthen the human rights of women and children in general and to prevent violence against women and children in particular. It aims at establishing gender equality by eliminating all forms of violence against women. WAVE is the only European network focusing solely on the elimination of violence against women and children. WAVE adheres to the aims of the United Nations, stressing the importance of working towards ending all forms of violence against women and children in public and private life in accordance with the Vienna Declaration, the Declaration on Violence against Women, the Beijing Platform for Action and all other related documents.
STRUCTURE OF WAVE
The network comprises women’s organisations combating violence against women and children in Europe. This includes over 140 Members (Network organizations, Single organizations and individual members) supported by WAVE, which work on the national level in 46 European countries. Members serve as a source of information about violence against women and children in their respective countries, facilitating the exchange of ideas and dissemination of information throughout Europe. Many members participate in WAVE activities and projects, including the annual WAVE Conference, by serving as expert sources of primary information for their countries in the field of violence against women.
The WAVE Network aims to empower women’s organizations that also fight for women’s rights and especially organizations that directly provide services to women survivors of violence. It is WAVE’s position that women specific services focusing on the empowerment of women and using a gender specific approach are best suited to bring women survivors of violence and their children out of violent situations. For this reason, WAVE works to lobby state governments as well as relevant bodies on the Council of Europe and European Union level to ensure focus on sustainability of women’s service as means of ensuring that women survivors of violence and their children receive quality services.
WAVE Advisory Board
The WAVE Advisory Board is installed in order to support the WAVE Board, to intensify the coordination and planning for the WAVE Network, and to ensure representation from all regions. During bi-annual network meetings the WAVE Advisory Board enables the WAVE Office to work closely with its members. Every country is represented by a delegate of their choice, as well as a co-delegate, who work closely together to support the WAVE Board.
The WAVE Network also has a board with seven members. The board is elected every two years and the current WAVE Board was elected by the Advisory Board members in October 2017.
The WAVE Office serves as a point of contact between women’s organisations in Europe and seeks primarily to accelerate the flow of support and information in all matters concerning the prevention of violence against women and children. Principal functions of the WAVE Office are: to collect and disseminate data on organisations working in the field of violence against women and on the applicable legal provisions, prevention programmes, campaigns and international activities in this area; to issue publications (newsletters, conference reports, national and project reports); and to organise and coordinate events such as the WAVE Conference and other meetings.