Campaign on the rights of woman survivors of violence and their children to access support and protection 

Written by Kelly Blank

• Step Up! Success at 18th WAVE Conference in Berlin

During the 18th WAVE Conference in Berlin, Germany from 19-21 October 2016, the WAVE Step Up! Campaign gained momentum and publicity with not only national campaigners and WAVE Members, but also governemental bodies and other public agencies in attendance.

Step Up! t-shirts and cloth bags were nearly 'sold out' and all worn at the end of the final day in the Rotes Rathaus, to show solidarity for all women across Europe. Using both the hashtag #WAVEConference2016 and #StepUpWAVE, experts and professionals promoted the efforts of the campaign, and called on more state action in support specialist women's support services for providing protection and support. Collaborations and partnerships were also strengthened - for instance, PICUM (Platform for International Cooperation on Undcoumented Migrants) joined the Step Up! Campaign and hosted a workshop about the current situation of undocumented migrant women in Europe.

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