In January 2016, WAVE developed a "Thematic Paper on the Right of the Child to live a Life free from Violence". The Thematic Paper looks at how domestic violence affects children - from direct physical assault, to witnessing how their mother cope with violence - as well as what children learn from living with domestic violence, and the continuing impact of domestic violence on family relations, the right of the child to contact with both partents.
In 2016, WAVE is publishing a series of important Fact sheets on the issue of violence against women (VAW) and children, existing specialized women's support services - particularly national women's helplines, women's shelters and counselling centers - for survivors in Europe, including remaining gaps in service provision, and European tools to combat VAW and support survivors, such as the 2011 Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention).
Authored by Sylvia Walby, Jude Towers and Brian Francis, "Is violence crime increasing or decreasing? A new methodology to measure repeat attacks making visible the significance of gender and domestic relations" was published in December 2015 in the British Journal of Criminology (BJC).
On 5th November 2015, a coalition of women's NGOs in Belarus presented a collective Open Letter on the necessity of passing the Legislation on Domestic Violence Prevention in Belarus, based on gender equality principles and international standards, addressed at several Ministries of Belarus, as well as the General Prosecutor's Office and the Supreme Court, the national offices of UNDP and UNFPA, the EU Delegation in Belarus and the Republican Public Association “Pravovaya Iniciativa” (Legal Initiative).
Published at the end of November 2015, the issue addresses the issue of Women Tackling Violence in Situations of Armed Conflict and in Times of Peace. The following articles are included:
- Solidarity during Wartime ̶ Ground to Hold on to Hope, by Lepa Mladjenovic, from Women in Black against War, Belgrade
- The Answers of International Criminal Law and Humanitarian Law to Gender-Based Violence against Women in the Context of Armed Conflict and Post-Armed - Conflict Situations, by Iris Golden from the WAVE Office in Vienna
Organized by the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) Vienna Liaison and Webster University on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (VAW) in Vienna, the symposium brought together a considerable number of prominent speakers with diverse backgrounds: ambassadors, civil society representatives, academics and lawyers.
25 November 2015 - On this International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Dubravka Šimonović has called on states to commit to prevent gender-related killing of women, and to establish a Femicide Watch. Information is available below in English, French and Spanish - Download the Media Statement.
In October 2015, the European Commission published a Roadmap for (A possible) EU Accession to the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women, and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention). Still subject to changes, the document provides information on an initiative which could potentially lead to a Council Decision on EU accession to the Istanbul Convention.
The Third World Conference of Women's Shelters (3WCWS) took place in The Hague/The Netherlands, on 3-6 November 2015, organized by the Foundation of Women's Shelters in the Netherlands at the request of the Global Network of Women's Shelters (GNWS).