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The World Stood with Missouri Advocates in Nation’s Capital

Missouri advocates’ work was a hit amongst the world’s leaders on ending domestic and sexual violence.

Missourians contributed to a global community of 1,600 advocates working to end violence against women in more than 100 countries.

The World Conference of Women’s Shelters, sponsored by The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) and the Global Network of Women’s Shelters, was held February 27 to March 1, in Washington, DC. Several Missouri projects and programs were featured at the conference.
Eight advocates from Coalition member organizations represented Missouri at the event. MCADSV’s Program Development Specialist Laura Zahnd and Rose Brooks Center’s Chief Operating Officer Lisa Fleming of Kansas City, Mo., led a standing-room only workshop featuring MCADSV’s Shelter Rules Project to enhance communal living in shelters.

About 175 people attended the popular workshop, including other Missouri advocates who participated in the Shelter Rules project. Those Missouri advocates were sought out by advocates from other states and countries who asked detailed questions about their experiences and the ongoing process within their shelters. 

Barb Tenholder and Brenda Smelser of COMTREA / A Safe Place in Festus showcased their art therapy work with Missouri survivors at The World Conference of Women’s Shelters in Washington, DC in February.

President Bill Clinton (pictured with NNEDV President, Sue Else) made a “surprise” visit and spoke to the advocates about the global interconnections of work to end violence against women.

Gloria Gaynor closed out the conference with a concert, saving her biggest hit, “I Will Survive” as her final song of the evening.

Photos: Copyright NNEDV.