Partnerships and Innovations in Women’s Shelters: a Transnational Exploration

11/07/2019 - 10:35 to 11/07/2019 - 12:05
Proposal(Workshop / Presentation)
Coordinating organization: 
Women's Shelters Canada
New Methods in Shelter Management and Social Work
Organization Name: 
Women's Shelters Canada and Blijf Groep
Organization Introduction: 
Women’s Shelters Canada brings together 14 provincial and territorial shelter organizations. We work as a unified voice to collaborate, educate, and innovate for systemic change that ends violence against women, making Canada a model for safety in the world. Combine is an innovative Dutch model combining four independent organizations Blijf Groep, Moviera, Arosa and Perspektief.
Proposer: krystlemaki
Describe your workshop/presentation (300-500 words): 
This co-presentation with Combine and Women’s Shelters Canada (WSC) will discuss the context of the violence against women (VAW) sector and emerging partnerships in their respective countries. Combine is a new Dutch model combining four independent organizations who are working towards an innovation agenda without creating a new organization. Blijf Groep, Moviera, Arosa and Perspektief joined forces with the aim of improving their services and becoming more effective. In the presentation they reflect on the importance of continuous innovation of working methods, organization structures, and strategic operational partnership in relation to ever-changing local contexts. Women’s Shelters Canada, a national network of VAW shelters, will share findings from their 2017/2018 pan-Canadian survey on women’s shelters. This was the first Canadian inquiry of its kind developed by and for the VAW sector. Drawing on this context, WSC will highlight three partnerships and innovations the network has successfully developed in the private and public sector and with individual shelters. Together both groups with share their experiences, successes, and pitfalls and will engage with the session participants on the question of what innovation means to them, how they organize in the VAW sector, and what conditions are necessary for these innovations and partnerships to be successful.
All Speakers:
Dr. Krystle Maki
Krystle is the Research and Policy Manager at Women's Shelters Canada, located in Ottawa, the capital of Canada. She is also working on a SSHRC funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa.
Lise Martin
Lise is the Executive Director of Women's Shelters Canada, located in Ottawa, the capital of Canada.
Essa Reijmers
Innovation and Development Consultant, Blijf Groep