Conference Proceedings

The 4th World Conference of Women’s Shelters

November 5-8, 2019
Kaohsiung Exhibition Center (KEC), Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Tue, Nov 5

Venue: KEC Rm 301 & W1 Outdoor Space

09:00-14:00 Registration 

Opening Ceremony

15:30-16:00 Break 


Plenary 1: Emerging issues 

Venue: Rm 301
This session will be an open space for discussion on new and emerging issues such as data collection, privacy, LGBTQ shelter management, the place of shelter services in the UN Sustainable Development Goals architecture, workplace sexual harassment, institutional abuse, and more.


17:10-17:30 Break 

* Gala Dinner  (Venue: W1 Outdoor Space).

Dress code: Put on something purple.

Wed, Nov 6

Venue: KEC 3rd floor


Plenary 2: Art and Advocacy 

Venue: Rm 301

To touch minds and hearts for action and change requires touching people on an emotional level, and one of the best ways to is through the arts. This plenary will discuss issues of using the arts to stop gender-based violence, sexual harassment in our workplaces, changing opinion and even raising money!


  • Yalitza Aparicio  (Oscar nominated leading actress - Roma)
  • Margarita Guillé  (General Director of Red Interamericana de Refugios y Casas de Acogida (RIRE))
  • Josephine Lin  (Artist director at Even Near Playback Theatre)
  • Choi Young-Mi  (a well-known  poet and novelist from the Republic of Korea)
09:15-09:30 Break 
09:30-11:00 Workshop Sessions 
Venues: Rms 301, 302a, 302b, 302c, 302d, 302e, 303a, 303b, 303c, 303d, 303e, 304a, 304b
11:00-11:15 Break 


(90 mins)

Workshop Sessions  
Venues: Rms 301, 302a, 302b, 302c, 302d, 302e, 303a, 303b, 303c, 303d, 303e, 304a, 304b
12:45-13:45 Lunch 


(90 mins)

Workshop Sessions 
Venue: Rms 301, 302a, 302b, 302c, 302d, 302e, 303a, 303b, 303c, 303d, 303e, 304a, 304b

15:15-15:45 Coffee Break (Meet the author - Nina Smart, Choi Young-Mi)  (booth 15)


(90 mins)

Plenary 3: New methods in shelter management & social work 

Venue: Rm 301

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. We will be debating the question of whether we need shelters, or whether we can move to other ways of preventing violence at home.


  • Christine Schuler-Deschryver (Director, City of Joy)
  • Pille Tsopp-Pagan (President, Women Against Violence Europe - WAVE Network)
  • Kaili Lee (Director, Migrant Women Service Center, Garden of Hope Foundation)
  • Julie Oberin (National Chair, WESNET) 
  • Ho Chao-ti (Documentary producer and director)
  • Inge de Boer-Huang (Survivor, Women Survivors Rap Group)

Thu, Nov 7

Venue: KEC 3rd floor

Plenary 4 : Policy & Legislation 

Venue: Rm 301

Good public policy frameworks and legal systems can lay the foundations for integrated and comprehensive approaches to ending violence against women. 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.


9:10-9:20 Break

Plenary 5 Equality and economic empowerment 

Venue: Rm 301

Economic empowerment of survivors was identified as a key issue at the 3rd World Conference of Women’s Shelters. This session will look at strategies to increase the productive earning power of women in ways that enable inclusive community development, reduce poverty and violence, and empower women and girls.


  • Ruth Lee (Head of Corporate Sustainability, HSBC Bank (Taiwan)
  • Nina Smart (Non-violent Human Rights Activist, Sociologist and Author)
  • Nafula Faith Wafula (the Vice Chairperson for Policy and Advocacy at the Commonwealth Youth Council)
  • Liu Po Chun (Manager, the Garden of Hope Resources Center
    Winner, 2019 IOC Women and Sport Awards))
  • Micah Spangler (UN Foundation's Director of Advocacy and Humanitarian Affairs)
10:20-10:35 Break 
10:35-12:05 Workshop Sessions  
Venue: Rms 301, 302a, 302b, 302c, 302d, 302e, 303a, 303b, 303c, 303d, 303e, 304a, 304b

Venue: Rm 301
12:30-13:15 Luncheon speech hosted by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy: Women in Post-Conflict Situations


  • Dr. Ford Fu-Te Liao (President of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy)   


  • Hon. Margaret Lamwaka (Uganda Member of Parliament)
  • Sr. Maria de Lurdes Lodi Rissini (National Coordinator for Caritas/Migrants & Refugee Office, Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference)
  • Suzan Abello Okae (Manager, Love Binti, Uganda)
  • Hon. Gerald Simon Menhya (Acting Commissioner for Refugees, Office of the Prime Minister, Uganda)


(90 mins)

Workshop Sessions, Regional Caucus Meetings 
Venue: Rms 301, 302a, 302b, 302c, 302d, 302e, 303a, 303b, 303c, 303d, 303e, 304a, 304b
15:00-15:30 Coffee Break (Meet the author - Eve Ensler)(booth 15)

Closing Ceremony 

Venue: Rm 301


Fri, Nov 8

Venue: Pick-up and drop-off outside KEC


** Study tours 

Conference participants may choose one of the 10 routes for study visits to relevant shelter, DV protection, community housing, and NGOs in the southern Taiwan area. The tours will be conducted concurrently and organized in partnership with the organization to be visited.

* Gala Dinner : The Gala Dinner Reception (Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, 18:00 – 20:30) is open to all overseas delegates who paid for the registration fee (5th, NOv.), scholarship recipients & Taiwanese delegates who have paid for Gala Dinner.  If you are interested in attending the gala dinner, please email to:
** Study tours :  Study tours have limited capacity of 400 attendees.  We offer prority to all overseas delegates and scholarship recipients. 
The organizer reserves the rights to make changes on the program without prior notice.
Unless otherwise stated, the dress code is smart casual.