WAVE is…

a network of over 160 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 support services in 46 European countries and disseminating information.


24th WAVE Conference: Women’s specialist services as pillars of peace in times of crisis and beyond

Registration for the 24th WAVE Conference is now open. Please register here until 30th September. The 2022 WAVE Conference ‘Women’s … Read more

WAVE celebrates the Istanbul Convention and reaffirms its commitment to advance women human’s rights

On 1 August 2014, the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, also … Read more

New methodology to support CSOs in advocating for the Istanbul Convention

In order to support civil society organisations (CSOs) in promoting the principles, objectives, and provisions of the Council of Europe … Read more

Call for WAVE Youth Ambassadors 2023/2024

We are happy to announce that we are looking for the 3rd generation of WAVE Youth Ambassadors! Since October 2018, … Read more

WAVE statement on the pushback against Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights – SCOTUS overturn of Roe v. Wade.

On 24 June 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) officially overturned the 1973 landmark legal decision of … Read more

WAVE-PROSPERA Press Release on the draft EU Directive on Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence

Feminist Funds and Women Specialist Services launch a call to action to Members of the European Parliament to strengthen the … Read more

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More about the @coe, @unwomeneca and @WAVE_europe launch event on the new methodology and toolkit to support civil society organisations in raising awareness on the #IstanbulConvention here: https://t.co/WoCysPg8CR

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