ANWS webinar on “Guidelines for Producing Data on Shelter Needs and Violence against Women”

22417496829_20cd72441d_oIn-house collection of data on shelter needs and the prevalence and incidence of violence against women is the starting point for improving services, lobbying for better funding, and ultimately developing more effective mechanisms at the policy level to eradicate violence against women.

This webinar on September 27, 2018 at 21:30 on Thursday evening (Taipei time) will introduce the Canadian shelter network’s rationale for shared measurement practices, and highlight some of the more practical concerns of aggregating data across a diverse network. The webinar is organized by the Asian Network of Women’s Shelters (ANWS) and hosted by Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS).

The webinar will be led by Jan Reimer, executive director of ACWS, and Cat Van Wielingen, research and projects advisor with ACWS (bios below).

ACWS is a peak body for women’s shelters in the Canadian province of Alberta, providing support to members and leadership to leverage collective knowledge, and inform solutions to end domestic violence. ACWS has decades of experience collecting data and conducting research on local, national and global levels to develop tools for shelters to use in public information campaigns and advocacy for policy change.

Please register for the webinar here. After signing up, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the webinar.

  • Webinar topic: “Guidelines for Producing Data on Shelter Needs and Violence against Women”
  • Date and time: September 27, 2018, 9:30PM Taipei Time.
  • Agenda:
    21:30 Introductions and review of webinar protocols
    21:35 Presentation by Jan and Cat
    22:20 Q&A
    22:50 Closing remarks
    23:00 Webinar ends

About the speakers:

janJan Reimer
Throughout her long and distinguished career, Jan Reimer has worked tirelessly to promote safe communities and ensure the well-being of society’s most vulnerable members – seniors, youth and women in abusive relationships. Since 2002, she has served as the Executive Director of ACWS, which supports 37women’s shelters across the province. Ms. Reimer has helped propel the organization into a leadership role on issues of domestic violence in Alberta and enhanced awareness and support for ACWS. She was instrumental in the creation of the World Conference of Women’s Shelters, with the first conference held in Edmonton in 2008.  She has served as a founding member of the Global Network of Women’s Shelters and Women’s Shelters Canada. Prior to ACWS, she worked as a consultant, developing, among other things, the Senior FriendlyTM Program, which was implemented across Canada.

An alderman for nine years, Ms. Reimer went on to serve as Mayor of the City of Edmonton from 1989 to 1995. During her two terms in office, she undertook a number of strategic initiatives, including: the Mayor’s Task Force on Safer Cities, a Youth Advisory Committee, a diversity initiative, an economic development strategy, a world renowned approach to waste management, the Mayor’s Task Force on Investment in the Arts and equitable hiring practices. Jan is the recipient of the 2006 Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case, was named an “Edmontonian of the Century” and recently had a school named after her in the City of Edmonton.

Cat Van Wielingen
A Research and Projects Advisor with ACWS since 2014, Cat Van Wielingen has supported the council and its members to build and sustain their capacity to conduct action-based research. In this role, she works closely with the ACWS membership on training, support and strategic planning for the network’s shared database, data collection and outcome measurement practices.

Cat believes in collaboration and, in her time at ACWS, is fortunate to have witnessed first hand the strides shelters can make when they work collectively to end violence against women.

Prior to joining ACWS, Cat worked as the Quality Assurance Coordinator for a domestic violence organization in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She graduated from the University of Victoria in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Applied Ethics and obtained her Master’s degree in Planning at the University of Calgary in 2015.


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