The network provides access to critical resources and information regarding country-specific sexual assault law enforcement response, medical response, safety considerations for LGBTQ communities, and much more, while also funding support services to help women who are sexually assaulted abroad. With recent news around the safety concerns and security threats that women face while traveling internationally, the network comes at a much needed time.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Pathways to Safety on this important initiative,” said Beth Santos, Wanderful’s founder and CEO. “By connecting their work with our international community and homesharing network, we can give women the tools they need to support one another on a global scale.”
By tapping into our diverse and wide-reaching community of women, we hope to amplify the impact of this important network.
Pathways to Safety International is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing services to victims of gender-based violence abroad. In the past 20 years, Pathways to Safety International has provided comprehensive, and often life-saving assistance, to more than 10,000 Americans who have been victims of gender-based violence in 163 countries.
“In 2018 alone, we helped more than 2,500 victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, forced marriage, stalking and sex trafficking,” said Paula Lucas, Pathways Founder & Executive Director. “While the recent New York Times article about the dangers of women traveling solo overseas have raised awareness of these issues, we don’t want women to be afraid; we want them to be informed and prepared.”
Keri Potts, Vice President of Pathways and a survivor of sexual assault while traveling abroad adds, “We launched the Women’s Assist Global Network because we want to encourage women to travel, to be bold and adventurous, and to make sure they have vital resources to empower them.”