“The Best Panel I have”

The NGO CSW67 in-person parallel event – From Visible to Invisible: Asian CSOs Confronting Digital GBV hosted by the Garden of Hope Foundation and the Asian Network of Women’s Shelters received great acclamation for a successful event. With figures and story speakers shared audience from around the world learned more about challenges and outlook of technology-facilitated GBV in Asia.

Speakers from #Singapore, #HongKong, #India, #NewYork, and #Taiwan were invited to share the impact of #digitalsexualviolence in Asian countries and the Asian community in New York, and how #CSOsand governments in different countries can work together to address the issue. ✊

After the speakers’ presentations, the audience was very interested in the content of the parallel event and shared that they had gained a lot from it. They even thought it was the best session they had heard so far in NGO CSW67. 👏

We were very moved and honored, and we believed that it was extremely important and necessary to add the voice of Asia to the global community. The advocacy and speak-out for survivors in Asia and around the world will be continue.

The organizers, ANWS and GOH, would like to thank all speakers and audience for such inspirational sharing and interactive response in the event.

We Are Ready for NGO CSW67

The Asian Network of Women’s Shelters and the Garden of Hope Foundation invite speakers who will be in New York for NGO CSW67 to join us on the in-person parallel event on the 10th of March for their sharing of experience, insights, challenges and prospects. The organizer team is exciting to meet with speakers in person in NYC!

Meet our speakers:

We are looking forward to their inspirational sharings!

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We Will Be In NYC for NGO CSW67

Will we see you there?

The global women CSOs’ major event CSW67 & NGO CSW67 will take place from the 6th to the 17th of March, 2023 in New York City in the United States with a primary theme of “Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.” This year, NGO CSW67 opens in-person parallel events for organizers to apply after three years when Covid-19 first hit globally.

The Asian Network of Women’s Shelters joins with the Garden of Hope Foundation to host an in-person parallel event on the 10th of March at 10:30 a.m. EST.

Technology-facilitated and digital gender-based violence are increasing across Asia due to rapid digitization. Much of the violence women experience offline is replicated online but has evolved in more complex and diverse forms. Research from the UN indicates that survivors rarely report digital violence in fear of reprisals from perpetrators and social repercussions and a lack of confidence in the judicial process.

CSOs play crucial roles to mediate among stakeholders to tackle this issue. We invite CSOs across Asia to share their experiences, research statistics, and challenges in helping survivors, advocating for legislation reform, and online safety for women and girls.

We will be at New York City to discuss this issue. Please come join us. We will see you there.

Taiwan Experience Sharing Program 2022 for ANWS members

Asian Network of Women’s Shelters is a network aims to provide a platform to promote cross-learning between countries and regions, so capacity building is promoted at all levels to enhance effective management-skills and delivery of services in shelters.

Taiwan Experience Sharing Program 2022 is initiated by the Garden of Hope Foundation in Taiwan to echo the objective. Through cross-learning members can all learn best practices from each other and acknowledge how culture may bring subtle changes to the delivery of services in a shelter in different countries through cross-learning.

Sharing Program Calendar

19 October, 2022 @ 14:00 ~ 17:00 p.m. Taipei time, click here for your local time.

Understanding various forms of non-physical abuse in intimate relationships and studying the knowledge and modes of assisting victims of non-physical abuse and their families. Both Yu-Hua and Yu-Ju have almost 20 years of experience in social work, hear their sharing on Subjects of Non-physical Abuse in Intimate Relationship.


25 October, 2022 @ 14:00 ~ 17:00 p.m. Taipei time, click here for your local time.

Assisting social workers to understand the perpetrator, and learning about the methods and skills of practical work service. The sharing is by Ann from Shiuh-Li, the NGO has been focusing on perpetrator treatment for years.


01 November, 2022 @ 14:00 ~ 17:00 p.m. Taipei time, click here for your local time.

Understanding individual cases of intrafamilial sexual assault in family systems and physical/psychological reactions of victims of intrafamilial sexual assault; sharing of provided family interventions and treatments upon victims of intrafamilial sexual assault. Join and learn from Yu-Chia and Chia-Wen.


Register and mark your calendar. We look forward to seeing you online, and share and learn from each other.

Thank you all for being part of the 2022 ANWS Annual Conference

On the 2nd of September, the ANWS co-hosted the 2022 ANWS Annual Conference: Resilience: A Path Leading Women Towards Trauma Recovery with the Garden of Hope Foundation (GOH) in Taiwan addressing the theme of Relationship Repair and Resiliency. Together we would like to thank you all, including staff and everyone behind the scenes, for being part of the 2022 ANWS Annual Conference. This event would not be so successful without your participation.

In this event we were enlightened of insightful words from invited speakers joining us online from Asia, Europe, and the U.S. It was our great pleasure to have Ms. Bandana Rana, the UN CEDAW member, and the Honorable Dr. Hilda Heine, Senator of the Republic of the Marshall Islands giving us inspirational remarks. Their words of wisdom have helped show us direction and guidance towards a path of helping gendered-based violence victims on trauma recovery.

“Resilience is considered a positive personality characteristic that enhances individual adaptation. Resilience is a keyword in the world of abused family members and serves as a foundation for recovery for women facing trauma situations” as the Honorable Dr. Hilda Heine gave us during the conference. We look forward to see victims no longer be a victim but a survivor with the help of their inner strength: resiliency. Relationships may be repaired and managed for a better cause.

2022 ANWS Annual Conference Speakers Introduction

Kripa Acharya

Psychosocial Counselor @Saathi, Nepal

Education – Master, Counseling Psychology Program of Central Department, Tribhuwan University Experiences – Co-Founder – Youth Connection Center; Lecturer – K and K international College; Psycho Social Counselor – Armed Police Force School; Psychosocial Counselor – Saathi; Life Skill Education Trainer – White House World School Bio – Kripa’s focus of work and research is on Relationships, Trauma, Gender based violence, and Child and Adolescent Counseling. Her experience of working directly in the mental health sector is about 5 years. She works with the vision of creating a society with adaptation of holistic healing. She has been working with Saathi since 2019.

Anne Westcott


Trained at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, with over 30 years of mental health experience, Anne continues to support children, adolescents, adults, caregivers, and mental health providers who have experienced or seek to help others heal from the impact of trauma and attachment disturbance. Anne formed SMARTMoves, a partnership with Dr. Liz Warner, Heather Finn and Alexandra Cook, to continue their collaborative efforts to research and training SMART a child centered full body treatment for traumatized children. Anne is certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, trains around the U.S. for Pat Ogden’s Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and supports the Institute with curriculum development.

Yu-Hua LEE

Director of Linkou Service Center @The Garden of Hope Foundation (GOH)

Experience – Director General at Social Work Counselling Office, GOH – Director at New Taipei Branch Office, GOH – New Taipei City Government Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Committee Advisor – New Taipei City Government Children and Adolescents Welfare Policy Committee Advisor

Yu-Hsin CHEN

Therapist at Linkou Service Center @The Garden of Hope Foundation (GOH)

Experience – Therapist at HOLDING SELF Counseling Center – Therapist at Community Counseling Center, National Pingtung University – Gender Advocacy Specialist at Tainan Branch Office, GOH – Council Member at Taiwan Adolescent Association on Sexualities

Hanh Thi TO

Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Advisor @Hagar International in Vietnam

Hanh Thi To has a Master in Psychology from the Hanoi University of Social Sciences and Humanities. She has worked as a psychologist for 15 years, and today is Hagar International in Vietnam’s Trauma-Informed Care advisor. With extensive experience responding to the needs of survivors violence and abuse to receive support and access to quality services, Hanh is a leader in the field of trauma-informed care in Vietnam. She is passionate about building the knowledge, skills, capacity and commitment of frontline responders, social workers, community caregivers, to provide individuals, families and communities to take a trauma-informed approach. From 2018 to 2022, she led Trauma-Informed Care training for hudreds staffs from many agencies and presented at Asia conference on trafficking.

Dr. Bandy Lee

President @World Mental Health Coalition

Dr. Bandy Lee is a medical doctor, a forensic psychiatrist, and a world expert on violence who taught at Yale School of Medicine and Law School for 17 years before transferring recently to Columbia and Harvard. She is currently president of the World Mental Health Coalition. She served as Director of Research for the Center for the Study of Violence (Harvard, N.Y.U., Yale, etc.), co-founded Yale’s Violence and Health Study Group, and has led a project for the WHO’s Violence Prevention Alliance, help implement and support research in low- and middle-income countries. She authored the textbook “Violence: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Causes, Consequences, and Cures” and published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. The Coalition is an educational organization that assembles experts for the betterment of public mental health and public safety. Her current goals aim at educating the public on mental health matters so as to empower it through knowledge and enlightenment.

Tsai-Jung KUO

Deputy Director-General of Department of Protective Services @Ministry of Health and Welfare

Experiences 2013~Present Department of Protective Services, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan 2001~2013 Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Committee, Ministry of the Interior, Taiwan 1997~2001 Department of Social Welfare, Taipei City Government, Taiwan

Shahrany Hassan

Chairperson @Casa Raudha Singapore

Shahrany Hassan is the Chairperson for Casa Raudha, an organisation that helps victims of domestic violence and is involved with the Ministry of Social and Family Development’s Alliance For Action to strengthen marriages and family relationships. Shahrany’s impactful work has earned mentions in Parliament and been featured numerous times in the media. She spent more than two decades in the corporate and government sectors where she gained extensive experience in general management with a special focus on strategic planning and execution. She is the Founder and Director of The Whitehatters; a NGO focused on community development and responsible advocacy and activism, and was recently appointed a member to the Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle Refresh Workgroup “to develop recommendations to strengthen the IRRC’s capabilities, increase diversity among IRCC members, and to build more cohesive networks within the community”, under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.

Aster Isa Hendriks

Social Worker @Orange House

Born in the Netherlands and my mother raised my big brother and me on her own, because my father has a mental illness. Through my whole live it was important to learn to be independent as a woman and to stand up and take good care of myself. In 2018 I graduated as a Social Worker and started work as a Youth worker. The youth where between 12 and 24 years old who: had a change to drop out from school, going into the direction to criminal activities, and/or having trouble at home with there parents. I worked with the youth and the important persons around the youth (such as their parents, friends, school, police). While working as a Youth Worker I always focused on the safety from the youth and the whole family. I know how it is like to be in a rough situation and know how focusing on the strengths in the families can help them grow. In January 2021 I started to work at Blijf Groep as a social worker in the shelter from Blijf Groep Amsterdam.

Maria van Helbergen

Social Worker @Orange House

Born in the Netherlands. Studied Applied Psychology. Moved to South Africa in 2016 to work as a counselor with underprivileged young people living in the townships. Crime, poverty, domestic and sexual violence were topics that these young people had to deal with on a daily basis. My goal to contribute to stop violence and injustice grew day by day. After returning to the Netherlands I started working at the Blijf Groep. At the Blijf Groep I started as an outreached social worker; supporting men, women and children in their own houses. In April 2020 I started working for a pilot program in Amsterdam called Stay Safe, where I contribute with 5 other organizations besides Blijf Groep to support multi-problem families to be safe again. Since February 2022 I’m back at the Blijf Groep working at the intake team.

2022 ANWS Annual Conference

Resilience: A Path Leading Women Towards Trauma Recovery

The Asian Network of Women’s Shetlers and the Garden of Hope Foundation are pleased to announce that the 2022 ANWS Annual Conference on 02 September, 2022 is now open for REGISTRATION!

We have learned trauma could affect women and children psychologically and emotionally. How we can help guide them to a path towards recovery? What role does resilience play in the recovery? How survivors can manage relationships with self, children, and perpetrators? We invite you to join this conference to hear speakers from Nepal, the U.S., Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, and the Netherlands sharing their insights, experiences, challenges and opportunities on relationship repair and resilience among women, children, and intimate partners.

In this conference we bring you not only keynote speeches but also workshops. We hope through this virtual conference audience can be inspired by listening and practicing sharing from speakers.

Please click here for tentative agenda.

Save the Date

Date: Friday 02 September, 2022
Time: 09:00 a.m. ~ 17:30 p.m. (GMT+8, Taiwan)
Platform: Zoom Webinar

Click here for your local time



Recap of the NGO CSW66 Parallel Event

The NGO CSW66 parallel event: The Silver Linings and Prospects for Women in Poverty Under the Covid-19 Crisis in Asia jointly hosted by ANWS and the Garden of Hope Foundation (GOH) went successfully. Huge thanks and applause to our wonderful moderator and speakers from Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO), Women’s Aid Organization (WAO) in Malaysia, GOH in Taiwan, Social Inclusion Support Center in Japan, and Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact in Thailand, and also our audience. Thank you all for making our event so successful!

Left to right (top): Moderator Lorraine LIM from SCWO, speaker Chiao-Ju CHANG from GOH, speaker Jean TAN from WAO; (bottom): Speaker Hsiao-Chi WU from GOH, Tomoko Endo from Social Inclusion Support Center, Pragyaa Rai from Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact

If you were unable to join our NGO CSW66 parallel event, we would love to share the livestreamed recording with you. Please click at the video link below for your watching.

Please click here to download speakers’ presentation slides provided in both English and Chinese version.

Though Covid-19 pandemic makes the going get even tougher for women, but yes, we see silver linings ahead for a better change.