Completed 2004

Sponsored by the Wellesley Centers for Women 

Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA

April 25-28, 2004


Co-Chaired by: Linda M. Williams, Nada Aoudeh, and Victoria L. Banyard

The Conference took place as planned in April 2004 and brought together over 130 delegates from over 30 countries. Thanks to all who participated! Home countries and research sites of conference participants:

Afghanistan; Armenia; Australia; Bangladesh; Belize; Bolivia; Brazil; Canada; Columbia; Costa Rica; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; El Salvador; Eritrea; Finland; Ghana; Guatemala; Honduras; India; Indonesia; Iraq; Israel; Italy; Jamaica; Japan; Lithuania; Mexico; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Pakistan; Palestine; Panama; Peru; Philippines; Republic of Moldova; Russia; Serbia and Montenegro; South Africa; Tanzania; Thailand; Tunisia; Turkey; Uganda; Ukraine; United Kingdom; USA

Focus of the conference

The major focus of this event was to advance the understanding of violence against women by sharing, demonstrating and promoting innovative concepts and research methodologies from around the world. Our goal is to build global collaborations to help prevent and ameliorate violence against women. Learn more about the conference goals.

Format of the conference

The WCW conference committee planned as an international, interactive, dialogue-based gathering of researchers, practitioners, and advocates. This three-day event included talks by internationally renowned experts on issues of violence against women, field-initiated paper presentations, and roundtable discussions. The program was designed to maximize networking and the formation of collaborations across and within countries. 

Topics discussed

For the purposes of this conference, violence against women was defined broadly to include interpersonal and family violence and gender-based violence associated with trafficking women and children, political conflict, and racial violence. Topics and papers selected included: developing and using contextually sensitive and culturally relevant methods and the challenges and rewards of research innovations.  Read an overview of the agenda.

Conference Statement

Please see the conference statement: “Wellesley Centers for Women International Conference on Innovations in Understanding Violence against Women connects the local to the global to stop the violence.” A working group of conference participants drafted this statement to highlight some timely and pressing issues pertaining to violence against women globally that require our attention and action.

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