Feminist network promoting human rights of women and children

Results of Project on Special Needs Now Available

The Daphne III project SNaP focussed on the protection of especially vulnerable victims of intimate partner violence/domestic violence. SNaP looked at the effectiveness and appropriateness of these measures and tools for different groups of victims with special needs in the five countries involved (Austria, Germany, Ireland, Poland and Portugal - see project partners). Furthermore, it explored alternatives, ranging from adapting existing measures to developing other kinds of interventions, which might meet the victims' needs in a better way.

Factsheet on the EU ratification of the Istanbul Convention!

On the 10th of November, the European Coalition to end violence against women and girls has launched a factsheet to support the EU signature and ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the Istanbul Convention. The European Coalition convened by the European Women's Lobby, gathers more than 25 European civil society networks, including the WAVE Network. The coalition was created in light of the recent EU developments regarding violence against women, and the factsheet calls on different EU decision makers to act in order to ensure the signing and ratification of the Istanbul Convention by the EU in 2017.

Austria Submits 1st NGO Report to GREVIO

The Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) has just begun its first monitoring period for the implementation of the Istanbul Convention by states. The monitoring period includes a questionnaire which states are to respond to within a certain period of time. Non-governmental organisations and civil society organisations working in the field of combating violence against women are also invited to submit information on the implementation of the Convention on the basis of this questionnaire.

WAVE Comments on CEDAW Recommendation No. 19

The WAVE Network very much welcomes the initiative of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) to update the General Recommendations No. 19 on violence against women. A call for submissions was released in August 2016. On 30 September 2016, the WAVE office submitted comments on the draft update of general recommendations No. 19 (1992) on gender-based violence against women. WAVE very much welcomes the engagement of CEDAW to accelerate the elimination of violence against women, believing that the draft recommendations should provide concrete guidance on policies and measures needed to prevent violence against women, such as: the call for a 24/7 helpline; the definition of rape should not be based on the use of force but the absence of consent; and the problem of mandatory dispute resolution in cases of gender-based violence.