5th World Conference of Women’s Shelters

15 – 18 September 2025, Sydney Australia

The world’s largest conference by and for women’s shelters and those working to end gender-based violence is heading to the southern hemisphere for the first time!

5WCWS will give a massive boost to the common goal: to end all violence against women globally.

The primary objective of the 5WCWS is to provide a platform for learning and sharing experiences. The goal of this exchange is to contribute to a worldwide systematic approach to ending violence against women and their children in order to increase the safety, independence and strength of women worldwide.

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1000+ are expected to attend from 100+ countries

Coming together in Sydney, Australia

Save the Date

15 – 18 September 2025

Key dates

1 August 2024 – Call for Abstracts
1 August 2024 – Scholarship Applications open
12 September 2024 – Registrations open
31 October 2024 – Abstract Submission and Scholarship deadline

Who attends?

This conference has been held four times previously in four different countries. Attendees have included shelter and refuge workers, along with government, non-government, corporate and academic leaders from around the world.

Sydney – a city that inspires

Sydney, is the host city for 5WCWS, perfectly positioned to help people and organisations shape a brighter and more prosperous future for local and global communities. It will be held at the ICC Sydney, Australia’s leading convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct, located at the intersection of the city’s academic, cultural and technology hubs.

We need your support!

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are now available. Contact us to find out how you can become involved, or reach out to our team to receive the 5WCWS Prospectus.

Fill out our contact form or email us here

Also, spread the word! Check out our Media Kit with assets you can download and use in your newsletters, websites and social media posts.

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