About ANWS

The African Network of Women Shelters is a continent-wide organization with membership drawn from across Africa. The ANWS came into being in February 2012 following a resolution by the African Caucus during the 2nd World Conference on Women Shelters held in Washington DC.

The ANWS is an affiliate of the Global Network of Women Shelters (GNWS).Violence against women and girls (VAW & G) in Africa is a major obstacle to their attaining equality, development and peace, and prevents women from enjoying their human rights and fundamental freedoms and a life of dignity, free from oppression.

Many women want to escape the violence and find refuge and safety because their homes or communities are unsafe.They seek safety and peace by going to safe spaces, such as shelters, refuges, women’s centres, or transition homes, to seek peace and safety.

The ANWS aims to ensure availability of women’s centres and safe spaces across Africa, as well as raise awareness about women’s rights and their right to be free from violence