WAVE is…

a network of over 170 European women’s NGOs working towards prevention and protection of women and children from violence. We build the capacity of our members, advocate for better legislation, conduct research and raise awareness on violence against women and girls.

Capacity Building

training around 350 professionals to support women and girls to be free from violence.

Advocacy for protection and prevention

lobbying and consulting with stakeholders in 50 initiatives every year.

Research and awareness raising

gathering data on the situation women’s specialist services in 46 European countries and disseminating information.


Joint Statement Calling on Incoming EU Leadership to Prioritise Equality and Non-Discrimination

The European Union was founded on the principles of equality and non-discrimination. Yet too many people continue to face discrimination and inequality across the Union, … Read more

Joint Civil Society Statement in Reaction to the Council Position on the Victims’ Rights Directive Revision

On 13 June, the Council of the European Union adopted its position on the Commission’s proposal for a revision of the Victims’ Rights Directive. The … Read more

Power Backpack Book

“This book is for women* who have experienced violence, and is designed to support them in building a ‘power backpack’ they can rely on in … Read more

Empowering Women: WAVE’s Call to Action for the 2024- 2029 European Institutional Cycle

A Critical Time for Gender Equality Following the European Parliament elections held on Sunday, 9th June 2024, we find ourselves at a critical crossroads in … Read more

Empowering Women: WAVE’s Manifesto for a Feminist Future in the 2024 European Parliament Elections

As we stand on the cusp of the 2024 European Parliament elections, we find ourselves at a pivotal moment in our ongoing journey towards gender … Read more

Joint Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) and EuroCentralAsian Lesbian* Community (EL*C) reaction to the adoption of the EU Directive on combating violence against women and domestic violence 2022/0066 (COD)

Today, the Council of the EU officially adopted the EU Directive on combating violence against women and domestic violence. The EuroCentralAsian Lesbian* Community (EL*C)[1] and … Read more