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International Women's Day for Peace & Disarmament

Youth Fusion Webinar – Women, Peace & Disarmament: Perspectives and Actions from the Global South

24th of May, 2022 – International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament. Our partner Youth Fusion would like to celebrate by hosting a webinar. The theme is going to explore: ‘Women, Peace & Disarmament: Perspectives and Actions from the Global South’. The aim will be to hear from speakers from countries of the Nuclear Weapon Free Zones in the Global South.

One of the speakers will be Ana María Cetto Kramis, one of the Councillors at the World Future Council. She is also the Former Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and a Professor at UNAM.

Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence: a workshop in Minnesota (USA)

Violence against women and girls is a global challenge that requires effective, comprehensive and immediate policy solutions. Recent data shows that at least 30% of women worldwide have suffered physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence,  confirming the urgency of the matter on a global scale. Fortunately, in some parts of the world, local initiatives and frameworks have already proven highly successful in tackling gender-based and domestic violence, which can serve as examples to the global community.

The “Coordinated Community Response (CCR) to Domestic Violence” implemented in Minnesota (USA) is one of those initiatives. Also known as the “Duluth Model”, the method has been successfully protecting women from domestic violence for more than 30 years. For this, it was awarded the 2014 Future Policy Award as the world’s best policy addressing domestic violence. In April 2016, our team travelled to Minnesota, US, to facilitate a workshop that aimed to spread this comprehensive policy to other communities.

The “Coordinated Community Response (CCR) to Domestic Violence” workshop brought together advocates, law enforcement officers, legal professionals and policy-makers from six different countries (Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Trinidad & Tobago) to explore and witness first-hand the key principles of CCR as it is being implemented in Duluth (Minnesota, USA). This method, also referred to as the “Duluth Model”, promotes cooperation of all relevant actors, such as police and probation officers, prosecutors, and NGO advocates, working to prevent and combat domestic violence. This coordination effort proves as a highly effective approach for the implementation of domestic violence laws and focuses on victims’ safety and offender accountability.

The workshop provided an extraordinary opportunity for participants to learn the techniques of CCR from its designers/founders/initiators – and in the community that has most successfully implemented it – and develop an understanding and framework from which to respond to domestic violence in their own communities.

The World Future Council (WFC) was a funding partner of this nine-day workshop, planned and hosted by Global Rights for Women (GRW), a Twin Cities based non-profit, and presented in partnership with Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP) out of Duluth, Minnesota. The workshop took place from 28 March to 5 April 2016.

Workshop Report



Workshop details

  • 18 participants from six different countries (Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Trinidad & Tobago)
  • 68 hours of training, convening, observing and peer-to-peer exchange over 9 days
  • Three days of intensive training by the staff at the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP) in Duluth (Minnesota) and four days of training by Global Rights for Women’s legal experts in Minneapolis (Minnesota).
  • Observation opportunities: participants visited a 911 emergency communications centre, shadowed police officers responding to calls, attended domestic violence court hearings, met with prosecutors and probation officers, and observed men’s nonviolence group meetings.
  • The study tour also included meetings with parliamentarians, representatives from local authorities, law enforcement entities, judges and prosecutors, service providers and civil society organizations.
Workshop Agenda

Future Policy Award 2014

In 2014, the Duluth model was named the world’s best policy to address violence against women and girls by the World Future Council (WFC), UN Women, and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). Our Future Policy Award highlights the world’s best policy approaches to the most pressing political challenges that the global community is facing today. In 2014, the award was dedicated to celebrate the best laws and policies that contribute to ending one of the most pervasive human rights violations of our time: violence against women and girls.

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Next steps

The World Future Council will continue to work with our partners to facilitate the transfer of knowledge between policymakers and their NGO counterparts and to support them in introducing the model in their communities.

Project partners

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GRW is a non-governmental organization that envisions a world where women’s human rights to equality and freedom from violence are fully realized.


Marta Sánchez Dionis, Policy Officer, Ending Violence Against Women and Girls, World Future Council


PICUM Working Group on Access to Justice for Undocumented Women

The WFC participated in the Working Group on Access to Justice for Undocumented Women, convened by PICUM (Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants) in Brussels on 10 November 2015.

The meeting focused on strategies for advancing undocumented women’s access to protection, services and justice.

Karin Heisecke, Senior Project Manager, participated in the session “Mechanisms for Monitoring Undocumented Victims’ Access to Services, Protection and Justice, at the European Level” and gave a presentation on the Istanbul Convention as a tool for preventing and addressing violence against undocumented women.

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3rd World Conference of Women’s Shelters

The WFC took part in the 3rd World Conference of Women’s Shelters in The Hague. The conference, organised by the Global Network of Women’s Shelters, brought together more than 1000 advocates and activists representing 115 countries.

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Istanbul Convention Monitoring

The WFC participated in a conference organised by the Council of Europe in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) on 20 October 2015: “Monitoring the implementation of the Istanbul Convention: new synergies”.

Karin Heisecke, Senior Project Manager, participated as a panellist in the working session “the role of civil society actors and national human rights institutions”.

(Links: http://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/high-level-conference-on-monitoring-the-implementation-of-the-istanbul-convention-new-synergies-?inheritRedirect=true)

Francophone parliamentary workshop

On 15 October 2015, the WFC convened a workshop for parliamentarians from seven francophone African countries at the European Parliament in Brussels. The conference participants adopted a joint road map for the elimination of violence against women and girls in their respective countries. The workshop was convened in partnership with the European and African Parliamentary Forums on Population and Development, and co-hosted by WFC Councillor Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP. You can read the roadmap in English and French.

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EU Girls Week

On 14 October 2015, during the European Week of Action for Girls at the European Parliament in Brussels, the WFC co-organised a roundtable event on “Girls and the Sustainable Development Goals: where do we stand?”. The WFC Youth Ambassador, Kehkashan Basu, participated in the event as a panellist. In a powerful speech, Kehkashan highlighted the importance of gender equality to achieve a sustainable future.


Women’s strategies for peace

On the International Day of Peace, our Councillors Scilla Elworthy, Thais Corral, Rama Mani and Anda Filip led a discussion on “Women’s Strategies for Peace for Future Generations” at the UN office in Geneva. For further information click here.

FPA 2014 Winners on the five ZONTA Clubs in Hamburg


On 20 May 2015, Director Alexandra Wandel and Senior Project Manager Karin Heisecke were invited to present the work of the World Future Council and the Future Policy Award 2014 winners to the five ZONTA Clubs in Hamburg.