Press release, 28-11-2002

Combating Violence Against Women
Solutions & best practices available on the web

Recently the final results of the project Sharing Knowledge to Combat Violence Against Women (VAW) have been launched on the web. Experiences from different countries, policy guidelines and definitions are among the highlights of the report, which will assist everyone involved or interested in combating VAW.

Via an electronic podium, 150 Novib partners from around the world who deal with VAW participated in e-discussions in four different languages: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. By lifting geographical and language barriers, participants could share their experiences, knowledge and opinions. The discussions focused on three areas of interest to the project: women in situations of armed conflict, domestic violence and trafficking in women.

The project represents a team effort. Novib-Oxfam the Netherlands initiated the project in January 2001 in order to identify the most effective strategies to combat VAW and to facilitate the sharing of knowledge between 150 partner organisations. The International Information Centre and Archives for the Women's Movement (IIAV) in the Netherlands coordinated the project on the basis of its expertise in collecting and sharing information and also developed the website. Isis International in the Philippines chaired and moderated the e-discussions throughout the project.

A summary of the online debates and analyses are contained in the report which is based on daily experiences of local organisations and expert analyses. The result is a guideline for policymakers, activists, human rights groups and local and international organizations.

The VAW-report is available at: The printed version is also available, free of charge. To order, please contact: [email protected].

For more information on the project or for an interview, you can contact:
- IIAV / Communications & PR Department: phone: +31 (0)20-6651318 / e-mail : [email protected]
- Press support Novib: phonenumber +31 (0)70-3421727

This message has been published by the IIAV's Communication & PR department
For questions or more information please contact: [email protected] or phone: +31 (0)20 6651318.