The 4WCWS program reflects the key issues facing both the shelter community and the broader movement to end violence against women today.
Theme 1: Art and Advocacy
From the Vagina Monologues to the #MeToo campaign, the arts and culture industry is a key player in changing public opinion on violence against women. This session will discuss using the arts to stop gender-based violence.
Theme 2: New Methods in Shelter Management and Social Work
This session will challenge participants to think out of the box about protecting survivors by looking at innovative systems, integration of resources, and services that meet the diverse needs of survivors.
Theme 3: Policy and Legislation
This session will critically examine international standards and goals, explore innovative strategies to improve accountability and coordination, and identify laws and policies that help protect victims and end abuse.
Theme 4: Equality and Economic Empowerment
This session will look at ways to increase the productive earning power of women and develop inclusive communities, reduce poverty and violence, and empower women and girls.
Theme 5: Emerging Issues
This session will be an open space for discussion on new and emerging issues such as data collection, privacy, LGBTQ shelter management, institutional abuse, and more.