Lasting Impact of GRW’s 2017 Regional Conference

We are continuing to see lasting impact from the conference on Making Laws Work to End Violence Against Women and Girls that Global Rights for Women hosted last June! Leaders at the conference are taking concrete steps towards stronger laws to protect women from violence.

Global Rights for Women (GRW) partnered with the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Vital Voices, and the Parliament of Romania to hold the conference in Bucharest, Romania. Approximately 160 participants attended from more than 20 countries. A unique feature of the conference was that participants attended in delegations from their home countries made up of NGOs, parliamentarians and government officials. The purpose of the delegations was for participants to work together to apply their new knowledge gained at the conference when they returned home.

This is exactly the result we are seeing! The President of  the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Romanian Parliament recently stated: “the themes tackled at the [conference] has a major importance for the entire Romanian society.” She described a multi-sectoral working group made up of members of parliament, local authorities and NGOs to craft legislative solutions to address violence against women. One critical initiative of the working group is the creation of an emergency protection order barring perpetrators of domestic violence from access to their victims in Romania, a country of almost 20 million people This remedy has proven vitally important for victims of violence around the world and is urgently needed in Romania.

Our partner from the Inter-Parliamentary Union captured our feelings precisely in its reaction to the initiatives of the Romanian multi-sectoral working group:

The work of this particular Group, which we view as the perfect embodiment of the goal of the Regional conference, has already contributed to substantial legislative improvements of the law on domestic violence. This is a great outcome of the conference indeed!